My small news update is that I get a small feature in the upcoming issue of Writing Magazine, where I talk about Here Lies Love, my inspiration behind the book, as well as my recent signing to Ghostly Publishing with The Black Petal. It would make a great souvenir!
Introducing a New Talent in the Children’s Genre
Writing for younger children is hard; it certainly isn’t something I could do, let me tell you. No my audience is a little older. I don’t think I have the ability to hold a young person’s mind. But let me tell you someone who does have that rare ability! Tony Gilbert. I am constantly amazed by his writing process and his skill at creating stories that make children laugh and be creative. I buy all his books for my daughter Autumn, and she just loves them. They are catchy, rhythmical and utterly memorable, which is a must for children’s books. The author’s mind must be a humongous cloud of all things creative, because his books are always so imaginative and clever.
His latest book, Doodeedoo has just been released by Visionary Press. Tony worked in cahoots with his lovely wife on this project, who provided the unique and raw illustrations for the book. It really is quite unique, as it strips all the clever computer graphics and photoshop nonsense and returns to the basic hand-drawn colourings of someone who brings to life Doodeedoo, the puppet who is made of socks and superglue.
When it came in the post, I couldn’t wait to give it to Autumn, as she is quite independent now in practising her phonics. I let her read the book to me first, before I reread it back to her. The books is ingenious – full of rhythm and rhyme in equal measure, playfully skipping from one page to another. When read aloud, the book turns into a playful episode, which had my daughter in fits of laughter. It is easy to see the moral and links in the story of never judging a book by its cover, or more rather never judging another before you get to know them, but despite its obviousness to us adults, I think it rather hidden for its child audience, which is great as it will linger in their heads and hopefully, gently, coerce them into making the rights choices themselves.
She’d read a book called Frankenstein
But never passed page 109,
And as she said, “I’ll have a go!”
The mouse picked up some thread to sew…
And so the tale goes, A fun story for children, written in rhyme and a lesson in not judging a book by its cover.
If your child has difficulty reading, or loves hearing based reading, then this fantastic book is also available in audiobook too! Imagine having the paperback book in hand as well as the audio playing at the same time to really liven up the room. Trust me, this will be a sure fire fav for children of 4,5 and up. The Audiobook is narrated by Chris Barnes and is available from Amazon or Audible. You’ll be able to listen to an audio sample there too!
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