"While Bill was a Kensington kid,
and I was not, I recognized some of my youth and my friends in the book.
Whether you grew up in Kensington, or South Philly, or Logan, or West Philly,
or the South Bronx, much of this rings true as a shared experience. As to the
prose, when I was teaching writing, I always told students, “Write like you
talk. Don’t try to show off.” Bill mastered that. The books sounds like a real
person is talking right to you. That’s a rare thing and a good
Stu Bykofsky - Philadelphia Daily News
"Kensington Kid was an enjoyable read that
captured the small town (small minded, suspicious, envious and
proud) nature of one of Philadelphia's legendary neighborhhoods. The green
painted alley fences, the gossipy crew of block moms in house dresses and the
irreplacable corner stores all came to life again."
"Reading The Kensington Kid brought me back
to a place and time that I'd actually never been, but wish I had. It's a
story about an era, however hard, that was indeed kinder, gentler and more
Bruce Schimmel, Founder Philadelphia City Paper
"If you've spent time in the shadow of The
Market-Frankford EL, This book is for you!"
Debbi Calton, 102.9 WMGK Philadelphia's
"This is what our children should be reading
about in school. This is history, the stuff their parents lived. If you lived
in Anytown or Anyplace in the US you will relate to this book. The author
simply recreates his life on paper yet somehow transports the
reader back in time to re-experience their own individual lives.
His writings are the spark that rekindles many long lost childhood
memories that can now be shared with an entire new generation and generations
S. Troyer, San Diego, CA
"Every page brought back another
F.C. Schmidt, Pottsville, PA
"My family and I love the book, been
telling everyone about it. It really brings back alot of good
memories. Never knew we had accents until we moved from Kensington.
When we say certain words or phrases, people make fun of us. My
brother-in-law is buying a book to give to his boss so he will understand where
he comes from and why he talks the way he does. They have had numerous
talks about his upbringing, and this book will confirm what he has told him in
the past. Thank you for the walk down memory lane."
Frank & Tracy
"I read your book and found it interesting
& nostalgic - with a lot of humor! I wish you good luck with the book,
as "a kid" who grew up in Glenside in relatively the same
era there were lots of reminders of things of the past. I would have reviewed
it in my column but this week is my last one, after 10 years enough is enough.
Ted Taylor, Author, Columnist, Professor Chestnut Hill
"Thank you for putting such a positive spin
on how we really lived in Kenzo - Your book will be cherished for years to
P. Lawson, NE Philly
"Love the Book! If you were one of the lucky
kids who grew up in Kensington, this book is for you - A walk down Memory
R. Lees, Phila
"Thanks for writing this book, reading it
was like reliving my childhood"
T. Hopkins, FL
"I have enjoyed re-living my childhood
through your words. Thank you again for sharing your story with us."
J & R Salvina, PA
"I have read your book & appreciate your
stories which bring me back many fine memories - I would like to order 5
copies of your book for my family..."
D Bauer, PA
"Great job on the book. Thanks for providing
the opportunity for me to reflect on a time that was simple and real."
R. Fisher, Phila
"We love the book, it brings back many
memories. I have been recommending it to everyone I know!"
"Can't wait to read the book! It's amazing
how many things mentioned in the Spirit article that I remember! I know the
book will take me back to that time!"
M Johnson, Philadelphia
"I love this book! I can't wait for my kids
and grandkids to read it so they see what growing up Kensington is really
Robert Wilcox, Bensalem
"Reading this book is like reliving my
childhood! It's all here
Barb Murphy, Phila
"What a wonderful feel good book! Thanks for
Ed Andrews, Philly
"Got your book for Christmas - Its my
favorite gift by far! So many memories - Do I know you?"
"Just a quick note to say thanks for writing
Vince Kirkland, NJ
*What an enjoyable read"
I forced my kids to read your book and they
Lisa, Cape May NJ
"I just want to tell you again how much I
love this book. It brings back so many wonderful memories! Thank you!"
O'Neill, NE Philly