As a child, Vinny was unaware of his and his family’s difference but, as he got older, Vinny noticed that he was, in fact, not like other children. Because he was a metalhead, Vinny had a hard time making friends in elementary school. This changed as he entered middle school, where Vinny finally found friends who were metal like him. The group did not have an easy time as they were bullied or picked on for much of their first year. Tired of being viewed as different, Vinny came up with a plan to show their classmates that he and his friends weren’t that different. Join Vinny as he shares his story of bullying, difference, coping, and perseverance.
Metal Like Me won Honorable Mention in the 2020 Purple Dragonfly contest and was awarded the 2020 Story Monsters Approved Award for School Life.
Readers’ Favorite 5-star Review Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan: “Metal Like Me by D.W. Saur is an adorable story about being different, bullying, coping with differences, self-acceptance, strength, courage, and perseverance. Danielle Green’s illustrations are as charming as the plot and breathe life into the story and characters. This book will encourage children who are facing difficulties at school because of being different to become strong and tackle their problems wisely. The message in the book is good and the author’s approach to it is refreshing and original. Vinny’s character portrayal is real, relatable, and strong. Tutors and parents can use the story to help children accept their differences and get past the struggles of their initial years in a good way.”
Literary Titan 5-star Review: “Metal Like Me by D. W. Saur is a sweet story about acceptance. The author has lovingly crafted an endearing story that will inspire children to learn about diversity and inclusion. Kids will learn that being unique is a gift and we must all embrace it.” “Metal Like Me approaches the topic of bullying in a unique way that makes it easy for parents and children to start a discussion. I definitely recommend this well-written, short, and easy-to-understand book as it will teach children a positive way to identify themselves. The illustrations by Danielle Green are beautifully simple with a rough sketch-like illustration that will make it easy for kids to relate to. The fantastic artwork excellently captures the unique voice in this charismatic children’s story.” -full review can be found here: METAL LIKE ME
Amazon Reviewer: Great for all ages, but especially young metalheads! – “Vinny realizes he is different from the other kids at school when he is fairly young, and it isn’t always a good thing for him. He has to deal with people who do not understand him and his family, and bullies too. Through it all, Vinny stays true to himself and even comes up with a plan to help other people understand metalheads like him. I wish I had this book in middle school! I could really relate to Vinny’s struggles, and the inspiring messages found in this book would have been super helpful to a younger me! Knowing you are not alone is so important, so stories like this are wonderful things. Definitely recommend!”
Amazon Reviewer: Put it on every middle school bookshelf – “Loved this book! There are so many lessons here for all middle school kiddos and those around that age. A great conversation starter!”