Kidslumber Bedtime Stories Volume 1
Twelve short stories, written especially to be read to children (ages 5+ ish) before bed, they are all short enough to be read in one sitting (the author estimates about 10 – 15 minutes per story). They wont cause nightmares, or set young minds off thinking too much, when you want to be lulling them off to sleep. Each story is complete and unrelated to the others, I choose six from the book to read and found each one to be original and well written, young girls or boys will enjoy the gentle tales, most of which seem to have a moral attached to them, ending with a rhyme and of course a happy ending.
Kidslumber Bedtime Stories Volume 1 is great value, 12 stories each will be enjoyed, I am sure more than once, the suggested age is 5+, but I would think any child at school would enjoy these stories (about age 4+), they are easy to read and not too taxing to understand, and as with all good bedtime stories, contain just a sprinkle of magic and fantasy!
About the Author……in her own words
"One of the unwritten rules of parenthood is 'Thou shalt tell a bedtime story each night, on pain of cranky, nagging offspring who will not forget your lapse'. To begin with I used traditional fairy tales – which more often than not proved to be a big mistake. Grimms' Fairy Tales are aptly named. Many could give adults nightmares. Hans Christian Andersen has some nice tales but many are far too long or too dated to be interesting to a child of today.
So I started making up my own bedtime stories, little realizing that I was before an audience with a better memory than Google. For example, my story of Mary the Dolphin was popular. Every few weeks my children would ask to hear it again. I would do my best to remember what I said last time. If I made a mistake, I was quickly told “That's not what happened.” I would then be given the 'correct' version. So I had to start writing the stories down to avoid the humiliation of being corrected."
Where do you get your inspirations for your characters and storylines in your books?
"If writers automatically qualified for the Olympic 100 metre sprint, you wouldn't need a starting pistol. Just ask this question and see how fast they run (away that is). The best answer I can give is that I think of a situation that would be interesting and appropriate for a bedtime story and then start writing. The muse then either helps or disappears."
What were your favourite books from your childhood?
"I liked picture stories when I was a child. The pictures were on the side of our cave – I'm older than I look."
What is the best thing and the worst thing about being a writer?
"The best thing is seeing a child settle down, happy and content to go to sleep after hearing a good story. The worst thing is dealing with the little voice inside my head that says nasty, untrue things about my writing."
Tell us a little bit about your books?
"I recently published KidSlumber Bedtime Stories Volume 1 at Amazon, Apple and Smashwords. The book will be available soon at Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Diesel and other major online stores. Volume 2 will be published in a few weeks.
The books are aimed at children aged 5-10 years. I generally use modern settings but some story types can't be taken off the menu such as the prince and the princess or the wicked witch.
I try to make the story fun for both the parent/reader and the child."
KidSlumber website: www.kidslumber.com