Kid-Hop rapper Secret Agent 23 Skidoo will release his fourth full length album The Perfect Quirk later this month via Underground Playground Records. It isn’t Skidoo’s only upcoming release this year. He will also release a new book titled Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out this fall. The book, which comes with a companion CD, will be released Tuesday, September 23rd via Eifrig Publishing. The book is just as enjoyable first and foremost for its story. It is a completely original story that is an excellent companion in itself to Skidoo’s upcoming album. It is just as enjoyable thanks to the companion CD, which is really less companion that part of the whole. And last but hardly least, the combination of the book and CD together actually promote both literacy and family time. All things considered, Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out proves to be not just an excellent companion to Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s upcoming album but an equally impressive piece by itself.
The story of Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out is a joy to take in, whether reading it by itself or reading/singing along with the CD included with the book. The primary reason for this is the fact that it is original. As a matter of fact, it is just as original as the songs that make up Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s upcoming album The Perfect Quirk. It presents the story of a young boy named Sean who ends up taking on the moniker Weirdo Calhoun. He takes on the name because he takes pride in being different from everyone else. And he is definitely different from everyone else, as audiences will discover in reading the story. Skidoo writes of Calhoun that even as a child, Calhoun finger painted secret code on the walls of his room. And when he got older, he made all kinds of outlandish inventions and ate bizarre foods such as marshmallow pickle kabobs. There’s much more description of the things he did that earned Calhoun his name. Through allof the finger pointing and teasing, Skidoo tells readers of the success and famed that he and his friends, “The Odd Men Out” achieved thanks to their own self-confidence. That theme of self-belief is another reason that audiences of all ages will appreciate this story.
Sean “Weirdo” Calhoun is definitely an interesting character to read about, as audiences will find out for themselves in reading this book. The story of how he and his friends came to fame and their reaction is unlike any other children’s story out there. The story’s underlying theme of self-confidence is another reason that parents and kids alike will appreciate it. As Skidoo writes, Calhoun and his friends didn’t care what anyone said about them. They were proud of being different from everyone else. And it was because of their self-belief that they came out on top in the story’s end. The end won’t be given away. But it’s one that will leave readers of all ages smiling. It will leave readers smiling not just because of its positive outcome, but what Calhoun and company did as a result of the story’s positive outcome. That in itself is yet another positive to the story in whole that makes it even more enjoyable.
The originality of Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out and the underlying theme of self-belief are both equally important to the book’s overall enjoyment. There is one more factor tied in to the book that puts this book over the top. That factor is the CD that comes with the book. The “companion” CD boasts a total of six tracks. Three of the tracks on the disc are read-along tracks. The other three are instrumentals. All six tracks promote literacy and family bonding. They also promote music appreciation. That’s because of the different styles of music used as beds for the story. The karaoke tracks encourage parents and kids to read together. Whether it be the parents reading to the children or vice versa it gives families lots of reason to spend some much needed time together. This is especially important considering the fact that the distance between families is growing every day thanks to video games, the internet and other external forces. This factor along with the story’s originality and its positive theme makes Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out a book that every parent and child will love reading together time and again.
With both the Perfect Quirk and Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out both due out this year, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is holding a special contest for his fans. He is giving fans the chance to win a golden ticket that will give them free lifetime entry to all Secret Agent 23 Skidoo live shows. The contest started June 1st and runs through September 23rd. In order to try and win a golden ticket for free lifetime access to all Secret Agent 23 Skidoo shows, audiences should start off by picking up a copy of his upcoming album and/or book. Audiences that pick up the new album should listen to ‘Imaginary Friend’ and come up with a fate for Pickles. Anyone that purchases Skidoo’s new book should listen to the hip-hop version of the story and come up with a destiny for Weirdo Calhoun and his friends.
Once contestants have come up with a destiny for either character or for both, entries can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 23rd for a chance to win the golden ticket. Skidoo will choose two lucky entries for a golden ticket. One will be from entries outlining the destiny of Pickles. The other will be from entries outlining what happens to Weirdo Calhoun and his friends after the story ends. Contestants can describe the destiny of either or both characters by drawing pictures and describing what’s happening. Or if they feel like it, contestants can write their own story. Entrants can even go to Skidoo’s website at http://secretagent23skidoo.com/ and download a free instrumental of both pieces and make their own song. Heck, contestants can even make their own home movies showing the destiny of Pickles and/or Weirdo Calhoun. The winner in each category will win free entry to all Secret Agent 23 Skidoo shows for themselves AND their families.
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