Three lovely short stories, written by Stacy Juba, and illustrated by her father Lawrence Drumtra. Originally written and illustrated for family and friends, by publishing these books in Ebook format, a far greater audience can be reached!
The stories are suitable for very young children, and the illustrations, are delightfully simple and seemingly naïve, the Kindle does of course render them all black and white, but I think they still make a delightful read for any parent or caregiver and a young child, this short collection of books shows how versatile the Kindle can be.
My own personal favourite is story is Sticker Shoes – Jenny after accidentally getting stickers on her shoes decides to decorate them with stickers, only to find out that the stickers quickly fall off and get dirty, her ingenious solution is charming and fun!
The other two stories The Flag Keeper, and Victoria Rose and the Big Bad Noise, are equally as charming and fun to read – It should be noted however that The Flag Keeper is very much aimed at an American audience, and those of us in the UK, who do not as a rule regularly fly flags (apart from this year of course when many of us have gone slightly Olympics mad!) or have the same kind of affinity to our flag will not really understand the point of the story, this should not however detract from a well written and illustrated picture book!
About the Author…..in her own words
"I write books for adults, teenagers and children, ranging from mystery novels to picture books. I wrote my first novel, Face-Off, which is targeted at middle graders and high school students, when I was a teenager myself and it was published when I was 18. This was back in the early 1990s, and the book has recently been reissued. I wrote my picture books, The Flag Keeper and the stories in the Teddy Bear Town Children's E-Book Bundle, about seven years ago. As a parent, I was reading a lot of children's books and wanted to try my hand at writing some stories for younger readers. Since I'm from New England, most of my novels are set there."
Where do you get your inspiration for your characters and storylines in your books?
"Face-Off was inspired by my interest in ice hockey, and my other YA novel Dark Before Dawn was inspired by my interest in psychics and metaphysical topics like chakras. My picture books were inspired by my family life. For example, The Flag Keeper is about a bear named Elizabeth who is determined to learn how to raise the American flag following all the rules of flag etiquette. My husband is very patriotic, to the point that we bought a flag pole so that he could raise the flag every morning. His lifelong interest in flags, and watching him pass that onto our children, gave me the idea for a book. My father has illustrated all of my picture books, and it was his idea to portray the characters as bears."
What were your favourite books from your childhood?
"I loved the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and Trixie Belden series, as well as Judy Blume's lighter novels and the Beverly Cleary books. As a teenager, I read a lot of R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike horror books. I was an avid reader and those books had a great deal of impact on my development as a writer."
What is the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
"The best part is getting paid to do what I love – tell stories. It's an honor to be able to entertain readers with a story that I created, or to teach them something new via a non-fiction piece. The hardest part is all the rejections from publishers that I had to go through over the years, and the occasional stinging negative review. Writers need to develop a thick skin."
Tell us a little bit about your books?
"My two YA titles are:
Dark Before Dawn (ages 12 and up): Dawn Christian has been psychic since she was seven years old and has always considered herself an outcast. Even her own mother discourages her talent, so Dawn has kept her abilities quiet and feared a lifetime of loneliness. When she gets involved with a fortuneteller and two teenage girls who share her mysterious perception, Dawn finally belongs to a group. As her intuition strengthens, so does Dawn’s self esteem. However, when she learns her new friends may be tied to two bizarre murders, she has an important choice to make – continue developing the talent that makes her special, or challenge the only people who have ever accepted her.
Available in paperback, and for Kindle, Nook, Kobo and other ebook retailers with links at: http://stacyjuba.com/blog/dark-before-dawn/
Face-Off (ages 9 and up): Brad’s twin brother T.J. has gotten himself out of the fancy prep school his father picked for him and into the public high school Brad attends. Now T.J., the bright light in his father’s eyes, is a shining new star on the hockey team where Brad once held the spotlight. And he’s testing his popularity with Brad’s friends, eyeing Brad’s girl and competing to be captain of the team. The whole school is rooting for a big double-strength win…not knowing that their twin hockey stars are heating up the ice for a winner takes all face-off.
Available in paperback, and for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and other ebook retailers with links at : http://stacyjuba.com/blog/face-off/
My children's picture books are:
The Flag Keeper: Elizabeth may be a little bear, but she treats the American flag with big respect. After Dad leaves for a trip, Elizabeth pledges to raise the flag all by herself and follow all of the flag etiquette rules that her father has taught her. However, her dad never told her what to do if the flag gets dirty or the police show up. Teaches children about U.S. flag etiquette through a fiction story, flag facts, activity idea, and discussion questions.
Available in paperback, as a standalone e-book, and as part of the Teddy Bear Town Children's Ebook Bundle.
Teddy Bear Town Children's E-book Bundle: Immerse your child into the sweet and gentle world of teddy bears with three complete picture books in one download. Each story is fully illustrated with simple and gentle illustrations of teddy bear families. Stories in the collection include: The Flag Keeper, Victoria Rose and the Big Bad Noise, and Sticker Shoes."