“Phil had such a wonderful rapport with the kids from the moment he began… When he was finished reading the books he brought, most of the children came up to him and touched his beard, tried his hat on; they didn’t want him to go. He was very approachable and the kids were clearly comfortable with him. It was a very special morning.” Lisa Starbird, Bread & Roses
“Phil's storytime is an extraordinary experience. He can spew out words faster than the speed of light. He can make time stand still. He can make kids and adults hang on every word. He is Mill Valley Library’s Super Storyteller.” Anji Brenner, City Librarian, Mill Valley Public Library
“Phil is a master storyteller, fabulously dramatic, knowing his stories so well that he really acts them out rather than reads them. …Equally important, he is giving the children the gift of oral tradition, a gift they will surely remember when they become adults.” Old Firehouse School, Mill Valley
“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
film, television & radio
Phil does the voice of Nonno (grandpa) in Disney/Pixar's film-short entitled “La Luna”. “La Luna” was nominated for an Academy Award this year for Best Animated Short Film.
Below is an excerpt from “La Luna”—with narrative from the film-makers about Phil's participation…