Hi Guys. I apologise if the following sounds a little ‘advertisement(y)’ but I am a bit excited about something, so you might have to excuse me. Actually, I’m a lot excited. It’s not every day that I get to announce a first in the world of me (dot-com). Having said that, feel free to ignore the following post and come back tomorrow.
Good, you’re still here.
So, I’ve finished my first kid’s book and it’s just about to be pushed out of the literary nest into the big wide world of book distributors, book stores and, of course, readers. Very young readers. Specifically, somewhere in the four to eight year-old range. At first, I doubted my ability to be able to produce something that would connect with young people but as the project rolled on and we ‘test drove’ the product with hundreds of kids, the feedback was great and the experience (from concept to final product) has been more rewarding and enjoyable than I ever would have imagined.
I may have started something.
I must say that reading the book to classrooms full of children (who didn’t understand my fragile only-child emotional state) was scarier than anything I’ve dealt with in the media or corporate world. Kids don’t have the same social filters as we grown-ups. If they think something is crap, they’ll just tell you. And just to put your mind at ease, no; there’s not a single swear word in the entire book. Impressive, I know.
About the Book
One of my friends described The Angry Ant as a personal development book for children disguised as a ‘Once Upon a Time’ story. I hadn’t seen it in that light (sounds a little sneaky) but I think she’s right. It is a ‘normal’ kid’s book with some important messages, themes and conversation-starters. It also has some very cute illustrations from my talented dad, Ron (the artist). The great thing about having an artist in the family is the cheap illustrations for your first kid’s book.
Okay, the free illustrations.
Woven through the tapestry of the story are insights into tolerance, communication, awareness, perspective, choices, kindness, happiness, anger, acceptance and friendship. As well as test-driving the book with kids, we also gave it a spin with numerous parents and teachers, who kindly gave it the thumbs-up.
The general feedback is that the book is most appropriate for kids in the four to eight (year) range but one teacher suggested that the story (and its key messages) is something that could be explored and discussed by kids of any age. It takes about fifteen to twenty minutes to read to a youngster depending on how quickly (or slowly) you read and how long the kid(s) care to peruse the illustrations. Yesterday, I read it to a four year-old (took about twenty minutes, complete with special voices) who loved it but needed a little enlightening on the meaning of a few words. With the end result being that he learned some new words and had a story read to him. It seems that most kids from about seven years on can read the book by themselves without too many problems.
On a practical note, the book is A5 (size), is perfect bound (a square edged spine) and we have used the best paper and cardboard (with a gloss finish) to ensure quality and durability. In order to keep it affordable, we have set the price at $15.00 (AUD) including free delivery anywhere in Australia for the next month. Next to comparable products, this is about a ten dollar saving. For our international readers, the figure is $22.00 (AUD) posted anywhere in the world. Buying three or four books brings the unit price down to $12.00 in Oz and five books or more brings the unit price down to $10.00 delivered. If you’re interested in buying multiple books (one school has done this already), email Johnnie and we will discount either, the books, the postage or both, depending on the size of the order.
*Note: when you change the quantity (of books) on the ‘buy’ page, the unit price will change accordingly.
Anyway, enough of the spiel. Thanks for your patience. Books are being delivered (to us) next week, so orders should be received within ten to fourteen days (hopefully sooner).