“When Phil reads, or rather, acts out, Caps for Sale, the monkeys are real! Listening to him is more fun than a barrel of monkeys.”
Marilyn Wronsky, Children’s Librarian, Corte Madera Public Library
“I am an audiobook listener. As such, much of my enjoyment of a book rests on the narrator. …By chance, I picked up Deceit by James Siegel. I'm not even through the first disc yet, but I had to let you know that you are a great new discovery for me. Heck, I'm 56 years old, but I might try to find Yertle the Turtle and Goodnight Moon. I appreciate narrators that not only can do voices, but can evoke personality and emotion. Here's hoping to hear more from you… Also, it's wonderful what you are doing with the story–telling for kids. They are absolutely the hardest ones to fool. Thank You”
“Phil is an excellent storyteller. He captures the attention of his audience with strong dynamics, sound effects, and by bringing forth the emotion of the characters and stories. His welcoming and kind energy encourages young children to feel relaxed and at ease, while remaining captivated by the material. He chooses stories that have a message, allowing children to learn their own values by thinking on the story. Phil brings back the ancient and dying art of storytelling.”
Cynthia, Fairfax CA, mother of 2
“It warms my heart when my 2 year old daughter, Riley, asks me if we are going to the library to see ‘Bill’ (we’re working on the pronunciation of your name) and to get new books. What an incredible family tradition you have helped us foster. You storytelling is a gift and I thank you so much for sharing it with us.”
Alison M. Skrinar, Mill Valley CA
Special Holiday Readers' Theater
Swansea, Wales at Christmas
A Child's Christmas in Wales is a tale told by poet Dylan Thomas about the Christmases he enjoyed as a boy in his hometown of Swansea, Wales on the west coast of Great Britain. It is a joyful tale, and beautiful to hear when read aloud.
Audio sample of A Child's Christmas in Wales
Dylan Thomas c. 1945
Phil has turned the poem into a play for ten parts, and invites members of the audience to join him in telling it aloud.
He also invites members to read with him one of Dylan Thomas' most famous poems, Fern Hill, and also to read with him an all-time favorite, Twas the Night Before Christmas.
It should be a warm and lovely evening for all of us. It runs about 75 minutes.
Children of course are invited to attend, but the readings will be done by adults.
Admission is free.
Learn more about Phil's Readers' Theater here.