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The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean
by Robert Gillespie
58 pages, Children's
Published July 24th 2017 by Page Publishing, Inc.
Popcorn and Jellybean had never ventured down the path beyond the big tree. But since they never really did anything exciting and even though it made them a little nervous at first, they decided it would be a fun adventure for a couple of days since. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, as it turned out, if the explorers were not prepared! Join them as they took on new challenges each day, learn how to survive by following the behaviors of the animals they encountered, and go where Mother Nature led them. And who knows, maybe we would learn as well!
Join in this fun "survival" adventure directed at a younger elementary age audience.
Popcorn and Jellybean are feeling bored so decide to go for a two day nature adventure. They get prepared with camping equipment, food, water, paper and pencil placed inside their backpacks. Although they feel they have everything, events do not go as planned.
This is a very cute tale with great survival skill ideas but not great for the age group the story would interest.
The illustrations are simple, colorful and very good.
^Spoiler: The first questions the children will ask is, "Why did nobody come looking for them?"
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating for this book.
*This book was gifted me with no requirement for a positive review. This is my honest review.
The Birth of a Story
What an amazing journey this has been. As a first-time author, I really had no idea what to expect. And to be honest, it was more for fun, than profit.
The goal was to share a simple bedtime story that was created by me and my seven-year-old son Colton. I asked him to come up with the characters, and being the creative soul that he is, he came through quite adeptly.
I also wanted to present the adventure through the eyes of young boys, and my son was very instrumental in giving me his thoughts and perspectives in many areas. The more the story evolved through our nightly sessions, the more we wanted to bring it to life.
I thought I would try to self-publish and give it a little exposure, but it turns out that route is a difficult road to follow. It just didn’t have that professional look or quality that I wanted. At that point I could either settle, or explore other possibilities.
And we’re talking about an absolute rookie when it came to knowledge of the industry. But I just figured I would throw it against the wall, and see if anything would stick. Through a little research I came across a publisher in New York, and sent them a query.
We set up a phone meeting, and after giving them a brief synopsis of the storyline, I was told that they would be interested in seeing the manuscript. They were very upfront about the realities. They said I shouldn’t get my hopes too high as they get more than eight thousand submissions each month, and only a small fraction gets beyond the first stage.
As promised, I was contacted seven days later, and informed that they would be interested in working with me, much to my delight. I was assigned a coordinator, and things were expertly, and professionally handled throughout the entire process.
Needless to say, my son and I are extremely proud of the finished product. I have circulated several copies to friends and family for feedback, and have had wonderful, and helpful, feedback.
My son Colton and I also decided that this could not be just a beginning and end to our adventure. We have come up with several sequel ideas, and are currently in the publication process, with the same publisher, on the second book. The third of the series is being written as we speak. Looking forward to seeing what comes next!
Bob has spent more than 13 years as a wildlife conservation educator sharing information and animal encounters with audiences of all ages. He has a passion for teaching about a wide range of topics nature related and loves passing it along to his two sons. His youngest son, Colton, was the inspiration behind The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean, where it all started as a simple bedtime story. Bob currently resides in Carlsbad, California, and works as a professional interpreter guide at a world-renowned conservation organization.
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