"Illustrated with surreal color artwork throughout, The Bezert is a children's picturebook about an epic journey, written entirely in verse. The Bezert (who resembles a gangly human) is lost amid a strange world that defies common sense; his efforts to find his way flow into a timeless parable about the values of trust and friendship. The Bezert is a moderately lengthy (60+ pages) story-poem, especially suitable for young readers who are almost ready to try chapter books."

 

~Midwest Book Review

 


"The Bezert by Maria Knier is a surreal story where readers are taken into the world of Bezert who lived in his space known as the Hisonly Place. It is a safe place to save his thoughts and feelings. One day he travels from his safe island and spies a gift box. The box is inviting and Bezert gets into the box. Bezert follows the smallish light inside but loses track of it slowly. Bezert's journey is inspirational and uplifting and will take readers on a path of self-discovery and help them unlock their hidden strengths.

The book is unique and original. The character's name is also very unusual and unique. Readers will be fascinated by the language and also the illustrations. All the illustrations are magical and they convey what the author is trying to express. They also enhance the surreal and dreamy feeling of the verses. The rhyming verses are lyrical and give good pace and movement to the story. The verses on 'change' and 'fear' are very motivating to readers to discover their strengths and erase their fears. As readers progress through the verses, they also learn to trust their feelings. The book is a good bedtime storybook and can also be used in classrooms and school libraries for read aloud sessions.

Though written for children, it's a book that has many dimensions to it and will definitely help a child grow in his thinking.The book stimulates readers on all levels; mentally, emotionally and visually. It's visually stunning and has a great concept. I loved it."

 

~Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
 

 

"I love your book. I marvel at how writers and artists like you and Dr. Seuss can come up with such wildly imaginative stories, language, and illustrations. This book is a joy. Thanks for sharing it."

 

~Bob Weisenberg, Editor of Best of Yoga Philosophy and former Yoga Editor & Associate Publisher of elephant journal.

 

 

Readers comments:

 

"I love reading the '"The Bezert". Bezert is heartwarming in his very human doubts and fears and his courageous discoveries. The enchanted path he follows on his journey of growth is so beautifully illustrated. The words of the story grow and shrink or spin in circles, adding an emotional impact I find clever and exciting. I enjoy this book, like a comforting bedtime story. I look forward to Bezert's next adventure."

 

"I have had the great pleasure of following the healing quality of Maria's creative writing and illustrations and her introduction of Bezert into my life. Her and Bezert's words have comforted my Mother of 87 and my Granddaughter of 6 and many of those who have stood in a place of fear. But after the journey of Bezert, hope rose, strength came with more conviction. These heartfelt illustrations and healing words will fill your and your family's lives as well."

 

"I have enjoyed The Bezert on many levels; as an illustrated children's book, an inspiring prose piece, and as a meditative journal. It is not a book to be read quickly, and for that reason, enjoyed thoroughly on so many levels. My 9 year enjoys the lilt of the language and the illustrations. I love the not-so-hidden message The Bezert has for all of us. Sweet, inspiring and honest."

 

 

 

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Events:

 

DECEMBER 1st-3rd, 2016

MIAD HOLIDAY SALE

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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 24th, 2016

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18th, 2016

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TUESDAY DECEMBER 8th, 2015

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HIGHLAND HOLIDAY BAZAAR

Highland Community School

 

SUNDAY OCTOBER 18th, 2015

Kanyakumari Ayurveda

Audio Book Release Party!

6789 N Green Bay Ave

Glendale, WI

7-9pm

 

FRIDAY OCTOBER 16th 2015

KitcheeCoo Art & Craft Shed

Greendale Gallery Night

5668 Broad Street

Greendale,  WI

 

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25th 2015

Lisbon Avenue Arts Festival 

3329 W Lisbon
N 34th St & W Lisbon Ave
Milwaukee

 

SEPTEMBER 1st 2015

Milwaukee Public Library - East

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Milwaukee, WI 53211 

 

SEPTEMBER 2nd 2015

MILWAUKEE TEACHER SPACE

3195 South Superior Street, Suite 317

Milwaukee, WI 53207

 

FRIDAY JULY 3rd, 2015

Special dramatic reading with

Audio Book Narrator Jon Smith

The Pescadrome 

Santa Barbara, CA

8pm

 

THURSDAY DECEMBER 4th 2014

Reading at

Highland Community School

Book Fair with Rainbow Booksellers

4:15-5pm

 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 23rd 2014

Storytime at Barnes & Noble Brookfield Discovery Days

3pm

 

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21st 2014

Vliet Street Holiday Happenings

Book signing at Art & Soul Gallery

6-8pm

 

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 18th 2014

Book Launch with

The Little Read Book at the Wauwatosa Public Library

Storybook Room

6:30-7:30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"As a retired librarian, I have read many children's books. Maria's Bezert is a refreshing, delightful addition to what I have seen in the last several years. It's smart, easy-to-read, with wonderful illustrations that pull you right into the story. I really enjoyed her book and I know you will too!"

 

"What a delightful friend the quirky Bezert is to anyone on a journey of discovery and courage! Age-range appeal will be enormous for this engaging story as Bezert's quest knows no boundaries. The amazing illustrations are a perfect companion to the compelling, poetic prose. This gem of a book belongs at the bedside, on the coffee table, and in every student's backpack."

 

"I read this book for the first time in its original printing when my daughter was very young. I thought that it was too complicated for a small child to understand....I was wrong. The Bezert is an extremely unique book that will expose itself slowly with each additional reading. The first time I read this book I was struck by the intriguing illustrations. Then I read it with my daughter when she was almost 5. She was fascinated with the prose. This book made her mind work. It made her think about things more important than princesses and pirate adventures. It made her think about what it means to be her and to make difficult choices. It led to interesting discussions as she tried to decipher the meaning of the story."

 

"This is not a book that will be simple to read. This is not a book that has an obvious lesson. It requires thought and self reflection that are lacking in many children's books. If you want to see the depth of thought that your child is capable of, this is a great book. It is a book that will take on new levels and meanings as your child grows and it may help you to grow as well."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2015 NEXT GENERATION 
Indie Book Award Winner 
2015 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE
Award Winner &
Award-Winning Finalist in the 
2015 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS
 
THE BEZERT IS AVAILABLE ON AUDIBLE, iTunes & AMAZON as an AUDIO BOOK!
 
THE BEZERT &
A BEZERT ADVENTURE
by Maria Knier​

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