My New Book for Children: ‘Evan And The Bottom Rockets’
My book is nearing the final stages of editing and I’m still receiving feedback from parents who’ve read a draft of it to their children.So far all the feedback has been very positive and it appears the book has made children laugh out loud throughout. What’s more, parents have also been laughing and that’s great because all along I have wanted to write for children and for their parents also. After all, the parents have to read the book, sometimes dozens of times, and they need to like it too. If they like it the whole process is so much better and they can share in a great experience with their child. I’ve read the same book dozens of times with my children, through gritted teeth. Sometimes these books are very uninteresting to parents and it is difficult having to read them again and again. I hope that my book won’t be like that.
The test for me was: did it make me laugh out loud as I was writing it? I have a childish side to my sense of humour and that has definitely helped me. My son has just turned 8 and his reaction to the different drafts as time went along was extremely helpful, not only did his laughter or lack of laughter help me to edit it, but his suggestions have been surprisingly useful as well.
I cannot publish my book here on this blog because it would harm its chances of being accepted by a publisher, and I need to watch out for people who might steal my work. However, I can give you a synopsis with some quotes from the current draft.
The book concerns a boy named Evan:
‘Evan Hart-Boodle had always been a topsy-turvy sort of boy in the middle of a topsy-turvy sort of world. He had a problem and only he knew why.’
Evan is an unusually clever boy in a world of foolish adults where roles seem to be reversed. His problem is the central theme of the book. Perhaps I won’t give it away but I will let you know that it concerns certain bodily functions. Do your children laugh at those? Mine do. In fact, I do too!
The reason for his ‘problem’ is a secret until the end of the book.
Other characters in the book include a doctor who has a problem with names:
‘Doctor Bottom wasn’t very good with names. “What can I do for you Mr. Fart-Noodle?” he said. “Hart-Boodle”, replied Evan’s dad, awkwardly.’
A hapless father called Mr. Willy Hart-Boodle:
“He sat on a Weever Fish and it poisoned him in the butt”, said Evan. “He had to go to the Lifeguard’s hut and put a burning flannel on his butt but he dropped it in front of everybody…”
An eccentric school friend called Ophelia Pongsby:
‘Ophelia was in a world of her own and began walking in the wrong direction. She was grabbed by somebody and sent the right way, and there was a good deal of giggling. She climbed the steps to the stage and stumbled, grabbing the lectern to steady herself, sending a glass of water all over the Mayor and his wife who were standing up ready to award the prize.’
A fearsome Head Teacher known as Shirty-Gerty:
‘Mrs. Gertrude Booby instilled fear into every child. Her punishments were always severe, her wrath was renowned, her irritability legendary.’
An obsequious deputy called Mr. Paddy Pantsdown:
‘She then went on about the school year, which seemed to be all about how well she had done as Head-Teacher. Mr. Pantsdown looked on glowing with admiration for her and excitedly burst into applause at one point, but stopped when he realised he was the only one clapping. Shirty-Gerty gave him a glare and he put his fingers over his lips and shook his head as if to tell her he wouldn’t do it again.’
There is plenty of fun in the book with rude, or just plain silly, names.
“Yes Miss Take”;
Children have really enjoyed these names. Be prepared to have to try and calm them down before bed-time because the story makes them quite rowdy according to one parent!
The Hart-Boodle family try and do normal family things but Evan’s problem makes every trip out an event. At school he becomes notorious following some high-profile incidents.
The book ends with Evan facing a new problem – a clever twist.
I can’t give it all away. If you would like to read the story and feel it would make your children laugh please show your support by leaving a comment. I hope that we can see this project through and that you will be able to get your hands on the finished book some time in the future!
Is this the sort of book that you would be interested in buying for your children? If not, why not? Let me know!