Bag Boy and Sweet Slob

Bronze Medal Readers’ Favorite
San Francisco Book Festival Honorable Mention
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Bag Boy recycles bags of every kind to help others. He meets Sweet Slob, and after seeing her messy room, offers to help. A friendship and small business is born!

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Bronze Medal Readers' Favorite - Grades 4-6
San Francisco Book Festival Honorable Mention - Best Business
Zoom Into Books Author 

"If I had to describe this book in one word it would be 'adorable!' The story is adorably sweet and funny, the characters adorably cute and innocent and the inspiration behind the story is adorably hilarious! I feel honored that I helped to inspire Dave to share his imagination behind our relationship."  —Tami Zorge: Executive Producer "Professor Creepy's Scream Party"

"A sweet and funny journey through surprise, which is truly in the bag." ——Terence Winkless, Award-winning actor, writer and director (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, The Howling, The Banana Splits)

"Completely charming and unexpectedly sweet. I loved the relevant message about nonjudgement and finding mutual value in unlikely friendships." —Eva Steortz: Former Vice President of Marketing at Disney, author of From the Out House to the Mouse House. (Originally from Sistersville, West Virginia)

LOVED THIS SMALL STORY WITH A BIG MESSAGE! Having a “hobby that helps people” is an inspiring ideal for kids today, (or for any age)! Growing up in these times cannot be easy, so this book is like a blueprint for at least one small solution. Wonderfully detailed through its drawings and nicely crafted words, it portrays that awkward age when peers can be so judgmental. Surprising to themselves, two outsiders with vast differences find a common bond and discover their humanity by helping their community and in turn, themselves.

“TOTALLY” INSPIRING READ! ——PJ Soles, actress- star of Halloween, Stripes, Carrie, Rock and Roll High School


Dave Shelton






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1 review for Bag Boy and Sweet Slob

  1. Soumya Sreehari for Readers’ Favorite

    What would you do if you had someone to call whenever you needed a bag for anything? Do you know someone who always keeps her room messy? Your sister, daughter, cousin, friend? What if the one with the bags and the one with the messy room met and became friends? That is exactly what happens in Dave Shelton’s story – Bag Boy and Sweet Slob. Randy Rassman collects all kinds of bags and keeps them handy because he believes they will be useful someday. Tandy Taylor is oblivious to the mess in her room and finds excuses every time her mother asks her to clean the room. She is a kind-hearted girl who just does not want to clean up her room’s mess. When Randy and Tandy meet in school and find that they can help each other, a friendship is born.

    We all tend to have that one quality that is noticeable more than any other. A quirk, so to say. Randy is the bag collector; Tandy is the kind girl who never cleans her room. That is how they get their names – Bag Boy and Sweet Slob. Dave Shelton has weaved a beautiful story around these two characters about friendship, kindness, helping others, and caring for the environment. There are lessons to learn, both for children and for grown-ups. The illustrations by Richard Peter David are brilliant. They bring the story alive on the pages. I adored the two sweet characters and enjoyed their story. The story of their meeting, helping each other, and generating a business idea is endearing, to say the least. I highly recommend this book wholeheartedly for a heart-warming read.

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About the Author

Film and television writer/director/cartoonist/voice actor/author/musician

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Dave, an award winning film and television writer, cartoonist, author, musician, voice actor and freak nerd, has had his writing compared to the likes of Ray Bradbury and David Lynch and his cartoon work to that of Charles Schulz, one of Dave’s idols. As senior writer and head of cartoons at National Lampoon, he put out two best-selling cartoon collections while handling writing and cartooning for the flagship magazine. He was also involved with Comic Relief. His early work includes art and design for Nickelodeon’s “Double Dare” and MTV and art for Tim Allen and Robert Wuhl’s HBO specials. As a cartoonist and writer for Tiger Beat’s Superteen Magazine he created the popular cartoon Toon Groupies©. Dave is also the creator of the popular Hackidu characters from “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

Dave illustrated the award winning children’s book, The Lemming Shepherds, which is being adapted into a feature film. He also illustrated and helped edit the book Full Frontal Tenudity from famed comedienne Judy Tenuta. Dave’s humor book, Brain Explosion, a collection of his cartoons and writings from his National Lampoon days has become a big seller and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

His kids TV special, “Professor Creepy’s Scream Party(c),” starring some of horror’s most iconic figures, was one of the most watched specials on Roku for Halloween, 2018. Professor Creepy has secured a deal memo with a national TV network. Dave’s documentary, “From Cheesecake to Cheesecake: The Joy Harmon Story” (WGAw), about the life of 1960s film/TV icon Joy Harmon, has won numerous festival awards around the world.

Dave’s sitcom special, “Against Type,” starring Roland Kickinger (Terminator Salvation), Stephen Furst (Animal House) and ICarly’s Jennette McCurdy, aired domestically in over forty US markets including NBC. His voice work can be heard on the SyFy Channel films “Path of Destruction” and “Lake Placid vs. Anaconda” and in the animated series “Alien House,” co-starring Kim Possible’s, Christy Carlson Romano, and the new series “Cozmo’s.” In October, 2016, Dave’s song, “I am A Zombie,” charted on kids syndicated radio network JenniRadio. Dave also played guitar on the single, “Running,” by actor Larry Thomas (Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi).

Taking a break from crazy LA and proving you don’t have to live there to produce on a major level, Dave relocated to historic Sistersville, West Virginia for a gig as a features and investigative reporter for a newspaper. While there, he began producing and hosting a national horror radio show, Cemetery GoGo(c), on WRSG 91.5 FM out of Tyler County, on Dec. 14th, 2019. It has since become one of the most popular shows on the station. True to his book title, Brain Explosion (which has become a permanent part of the West Virginia library system), Dave has not stopped creating. He has begun an audio podcast on Spotify and has several animated and live action series and film projects also in the pipeline.

Other credits:

Dave has worked with legendary bands Cheap Trick and The Dickies and his cartoon work is part of the Charles M. Schulz (Snoopy) museum in Santa Rosa, CA and the Haig Museum of Cartoons in New York. He is the former song writing partner of the late Albert Hague (Fame, How the Grinch Stole Christmas) and is a direct descendent of Vlad the Impaler (inspiration for Dracula). Dave is an avid golfer and athlete and got to coach basketball with legendary UCLA coach Jim Harrick and former LA Lakers and Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy.