Beefy's First Lesson

By: Juandell Brunner

Illustrated By: Nancy Rosso

Finally, Beefy's day for his first tennis lesson has come! He has been counting down the days to this event. A fun introduction to the sport of tennis. The story revolves around Beefy, a young boy, and his big day on the tennis court. Beefy’s First Lesson teaches young children the basic learning tools of tennis and the importance of practicing and being positive. Beefy’s First Lesson is an enjoyable story that allows beginning readers to practice their own reading skills. This is the first book in a series focused on motivating young readers to work hard and believe in themselves 



BOOK REVIEW | March 17, 2012

Do you remember your first lesson? Nerves, anxiety and the unknown all play a part. This is what this story is all about. This is a great story for story time as it is easy to read and the message is clear do not give up! You do not have be a tennis fan to read this story as it applies to life in general. It is written by a tennis coach so it definitely brings authenticity to the story. It does teach you the basics of the sport but more than anything it is about being positive. The author says; Beefy’s first lesson is about dreams and making them reality. I hope every child who reads this book lives their dreams.

The best part of this story is that it was written by a South Florida celebrity. This is his first book but Juandell Brunner the author is well known in Miami and around the world for his inspiration not only as a former tennis player but nowadays as a tennis coach inspiring youth and finding them tennis scholarships around the US and the world. He graduated from St. Thomas University in Miami and as always it is great to see a graduate succeed. 

Juandell Brunner | Author


Author Juandell Brunner grew up in Kissimmee, Florida and now lives in Helsinki, Finland. He is a graduate of St. Thomas University, where he played four years of college tennis. After college, he played on the Challenger and Futures tours, and then played on the Semi-Professional Tennis Team. When not writing, Juandell coaches up-and-coming junior tennis players in Helsinki, Finland. He devotes the rest of his time and love to his beautiful wife and two sons. The writing of this story is Juandell's way of sharing with all children they too can achieve through hard work and belief in themselves.

Nancy Rosso | Illustrator


Nancy is an illustrator and oil painter who lives in Northern California with her husband, along with her trusty side-kick Nala.

Look for a new book featuring Nala and her "dog cousin" Henry, whose antics and adventures are sure to become a series!


When not creating art, Nancy enjoys volunteering in schools and at a local museum encouraging children to explore their artistic talents.

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