School Library Journal
Thanks to his bowl of noodles and his desire to help, Eddie comes home a hero (after) he meets three neighbors with problems (a broken shoelace, a broken fishing rod, broken guitar strings), and he comes to their aid with his spaghetti. At the store, he stops a robber with the only thing left in his bowl, a meatball. The thickly lined drawings capture the lighthearted spirit of ingenuity and neighborliness. This charming tale moves at a quick enough pace, with large pictures and succinct text, to work for a storytime. --Laurie von Mehren, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Spaghetti makes the world go round; leastwise it does in this silly, jazzy tale that tips its hat to the unconventional in us. The story has a good, zippy tempo and the waggish art makes it all seem possible, capturing Eddie in his cool, maverick glory.
A kid's devotion to his favorite food is taken to dizzying heights and unusual purposes. This tale is a bit odd, but it's enhanced by terrific pictures. Urbanovic uses thick black lines and curves and angles to delineate shapes and surfaces; her faces are mobile and exaggerated. Best of all, she captures the thick, red essence of spaghetti sauce, which covers Eddie's fingers and every strand of his useful pasta. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido
Readers Reviews From Amazon.com
My preschooler cannot get enough of this book. He picked it out of the library and laughs every time we read it. He loves it and I think it’s great too. The multi-cultural illustrations are also a refreshing change! -Donna
The text is fun to read. The delightfully comic illustrations rendered by Jackie Urbanovic are even more fun to look at. I read this book to my daughters every day. Now letting my daughters eat spaghetti every day is another story! -Michelle
It has a very funny text and well written plot that keeps the reader interested. Plus, if you have a young child, you can do activities with them after reading this book. (For example, think of other ways to utilize spaghetti or new adventures Eddie can go on.) -Christopher
Bye Bye Balloon
From Out With the Kids 10/25/11
Kids musician and author Ryan SanAngelo returns with his 2nd children’s book Bye Bye Balloon, the follow up to his 1st published work, the humorous Spaghetti Eddie. Bye Bye Balloon, which features appealing art by Sean Boyce, follows a single carnival balloon on a globetrotting adventure that will introduce your children to the running of the bulls in Spain, the great pyramids in Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India, and many other famous scenes and spots. The Mouse has been drawn in by Bye Bye Balloon; reading it from memory most every day to herself, to us, and to her stuffed animals. The casual pace of the story matches perfectly with the quiet nature of the protagonist’s peaceful airborne journey.
Bye Bye Balloon is a simple, elegant picture book that doesn’t try to do too much but ends up doing just enough to make young children want to read it again and again and again.
From Independent Publisher (September 2011)
Bye Bye Balloon is the tale of an adventurous balloon’s journey around the world. Children can ride along, as they follow the balloon’s adventure. They’ll see amazing sights along the way and life happening in different countries. We truly live in a big beautiful world and it’s wonderfully depicted by Ryan SanAngelo’s story and painter Sean Boyce’s illustrations. This is definitely a book children and parents will enjoy!
The Examiner 9/17/09
Chattanooga Parent Magazine March/April 2010
Servings from the Cereal BowlMusic for kids and their parents By Dave Loftin
Lots of family music artists are releasing music independently now, and they’re putting out some really good stuff, too. One such artist is Ryan SanAngelo. His sophomore release, Awesome, Dude!!!, could be in constant rotation on any college radio station in the country. It also needs to be in your kids’ music collection.
The disc opens with “Job to Do,” which sounds like a mash-up of electronic new wave, a sprinkle of hip-hop, and the sound effects from the original Space Invaders arcade game. Another gem on the disc is “Jumping on the Bed.” I’ve never heard so accurately translated the excitement of a kid who’s just learned it’s a snow day. Awesome, Dude!!! is not as polished as most CDs, but that’s a big part of its appeal. The low-fi, folk-punk, electro-hip hop Ryan SanAngelo supplies on Awesome, Dude!!! is brilliant in and of itself, but it’s even better served to the whole family.
“Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl,” hosted by Dave Loftin, Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m. on the Web at WAWL.org. He posts his weekly playlists on SMCB.BlogSpot.com. And now you can take your Cereal Bowl with you— in podcast form! Go to SaturdayCerealBowl.podbean.com.