Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

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.


Kirkus Reviews

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.  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

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


Out With the Kids

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.

The casual pace of the story matches perfectly with the quiet nature of the protagonist’s peaceful airborne journey.


From Independent Publisher

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. 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

Music Reviews


Chattanooga Parent Magazine March/April 2010

Servings from the Cereal BowlMusic for kids and their parents By Dave Loftin

Ryan SanAngelo

Awesome, Dude!!!

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.

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School Library Journal

Ryan SanAngelo maintains energy throughout and his vocal style is reminiscent of Bob Dylan.

Autumn Themes Halloween Screams Cover

School Library Journal

Ryan SanAngelo, singer/songwriter and author of two children's picture books, presents 20 mostly rock and rap songs in celebration of autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. These high energy, numbers are accompanied by professional performances on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and percussion.