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Odds Bodkin--award-winning performance storyteller, author, musician and educator--represents a new direction in modern storytelling.

A multi-voiced character actor and instrumentalist, he tells a wide range of stories self-accompanied on twelve-string guitars, electric guitar, Celtic harp, grand piano, pipes, drums, African sanza and Indian sitar.

His most recent CD, The Harper and the King: The Story of Young David, won the Parents' Choice Gold Award, the Dove Award and the Storytelling World Award. Detroit Jewish News writes "Odds Bodkin is a fabulous musician…his music is wondrous. It's engaging, expressive, mesmerizing…he manages to paint a scene more captivating than much of what you see on the big screen."

His critically acclaimed Art of the Tale Off-Broadway series at Lincoln Center in New York earned rave reviews from The New York Times ("a consummate storyteller") to TimeOut New York ("Odds Bodkin is the talk of the town…a one-man vocal universe").

The Odds Bodkin Musical Story Collection--his award-winning line of audio's--features giants, fairies, dinosaurs, heroes and heroines, ghosts, kings, gods, goddesses, lumberjacks and scores of colorful characters from cultures around the world. Little, Brown, Houghton-Mifflin and Harcourt-Brace publish his children's picture books.

Renowned for his renditions of epic tales--The Odyssey, The Rage of Hercules, Sir Percival and the Fisher King, The Iliad: Book I and his latest work, The Harper and The King: The Story of Young David--he tells over one hundred musically scored stories with character voices. With this repertory, he entertains young children, high school and college students, adult audiences, families, even prison inmates.

Three specially-designed Odds Bodkin story books and audios sit at the heart of Perkins Panda™--a cuddly toy bear who tells stories and sings. In cooperation with educators at Perkins School for the Blind--Helen Keller's school, makers of the Brailler--Odds' newest character, Perkins the Panda Bear, offers early literacy skills to children born blind.

The Hercules Process: A Rage Awareness Program for Youth has been funded for outreach in the New Jersey schools. A classroom kit used over five days, the process employs Bodkin's The Rage of Hercules story and numerous exercises to wean youth of the rage response.

A graduate of Duke University, Odds taught at Antioch New England Graduate School, awarding credits for masters and doctoral degree programs in education and environmental sciences. Now he shares those same insights into the creative process with his trademark method, The Door to Imagination: How to Awaken Your Inner Storyteller, opening paths to self-expression and personal art for adult learners, professionals, and young people.

Bodkin has won the Parents' Choice Gold, Silver and Honor awards for multiple titles, The Indie Award for Best Children's Storytelling, The Storytelling World Award, The New York Public Library's 100 Best Titles for Reading and Sharing Selection, a Booklist Editor's Choice Award, The Oppenheim Platinum Award for Best Children's Audio, American Bookseller's "Pick of the Lists", Dr. Toy's Best Vacation Product Award, The Family Channel Circle of Excellence Award, The Education Source "Top Ten" Award, The Dove Award and numerous others.

Articles on the portal:

Telling Stories To Your Kids, Part 1

Part 2

The Little Proto Trilogy
                                              artist's site
      Adventures Of Little Proto
      Little Proto's T-Rex Adventure
      Little Proto & The Volcano's Fire

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The Harper & The King
                                              artist's site
      David's Lion
      Goliath's Challenge
      David & Goliath

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