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Picture Book Awarded Reader's Favorite

Peter's Rockin' Ear: A Story of Self Acceptance receives a Reader's Favorite 5-Star Review. Read the full press release below.

Author's new book receives a warm literary welcome

Readers' Favorite announces the review of the Children - Picture Book book "Peter's Rockin' Ear" by Dede Dankelson, currently available at

Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

Reviewed By Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite

Peter was an excellent guitarist and a budding rock star to boot. However, he was unhappy that one of his ears was too small. Peter was tired of people pointing at him and teasing him relentlessly. He tried every means possible to hide his unusual ear or create a false one, but nothing seemed to work. Encouraged by his family, he finally tried getting a new prosthetic ear. Does it solve his problems? What happens on the day of Shredapalooza, when he performs in front of a large audience?

Peter’s Rockin’ Ear, written by Dede Dankelson and illustrated by Pratyush Chatterjee, tells us Peter’s story. It was a humbling experience to discover that Dede based the story on Peter Dankelson, her eldest son, who was diagnosed with Goldenhar syndrome. Dankelson is a talented musician and the lifeline behind this inspirational book.

Dede astutely highlighted Peter’s struggles as he tried to fit in with his peers. I empathized with him when he tried to keep his ear a secret just to stop the teasing. I rooted for him when the prosthetic gave him new hope. I loved how he learned to accept his ear, not as a deformity but as an inseparable part of him. He realized that it was not something to be ashamed of but something that made him unique. The support his family and friends showed was truly admirable.

I would be remiss if I did not mention Chatterjee’s superb illustrations. I loved that Peter’s face bore a striking resemblance to the real Peter. In Chatterjee’s illustrations, the facial expressions and body language were so lifelike that I could read every emotion the characters felt. Peter’s Rockin’ Ear is an empowering book that will teach its young audience the value of self acceptance.

You can learn more about Dede Dankelson and "Peter's Rockin' Ear" at where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

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