Recently I’m working on a new picture book. It’s really fun to draw the setting of a colorful little town. I’ve drawn and painted this kind of small town several times before but every time I had some new ideas and inspirations to explore the style a little bit. This time I’ve tried to make the characters more appealing to beginner readers (the target audience of this picture book) and the overall color tone bright and cheerful.
Earlier this month I had the privilege of being a reader for a group of youngsters. I got to read one of my favorite books, It’s Time To Eat (Chinese Edition), and talk to the kids about being an author. The energetic kindergartners made me feel very welcome and I really enjoyed spending some time with them. We explored the adventures together with Marcus the Monkey and his friends, and discussed different kinds of food for different animals.
Books have the power to benefit toddlers and preschoolers in a myriad of ways. As a parent, reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do to prepare him with a foundation for academic excellence. Read aloud to your kids, start early and stay with it!
Stories & story books have always been the best source of learning with fun for the kids. The characters, if defined properly, become their friends & they learn all the valuable things about life from such story books. Parents connect better with their kids by reading stories to them & find a way to inculcate good habits in them in a fun filled way. Author Helen H. Wu, has come up with a perfect story book collection gift for the kids called “Marcus The Monkey”, with a happy, lovable monkey ready to befriend the kids. She has started a crowd funding campaign to publish this book.
Reportedly, “Marcus The Monkey” is a collection of four original stories by Helen, illustrated in a beautiful manner. It’s a coffee table children’s picture book about a happy & adventurous monkey who loves to go out on adventures & learn new things. The stories are intended to be interesting, entertaining, full of humor as well as capable of forwarding good messages & warm values. The detailed presentation of the characters & a full color illustration makes every page very attractive & engaging.
This 160 page, full color kid’s picture book comes in a 9*12 Vertical Hardcover. The stories in it titled as “Good Night, Good Night” & “It’s Time To Eat” have earlier also been listed on Amazon & received really warm reviews & feedbacks from the parents. They have termed both of these books very entertaining, loving & helpful in teaching good sleeping & eating habits in their kids through their friend, Marcus, the monkey. The other two stories in this collection are, “Where Do They Go When It Rains” & “I Can Sleep Alone”. All four of these are Helen’s original work. This new collection has more refined version of these stories along with added detailed illustrations.
As reported, this book is a perfect gift from Helen to early readers, parents, teachers & educators& everyone else who appreciates family, friends, animals & nature. With this collection, readers also get original sketches of illustrations, tips of turning an idea into a picture book & much more.
Helen H. Wu , born & raised in Hefei, China, has always been inclined towards art. She travelled many places in Asia, Europe, North America & learned new cultures & values. She opened her own art studio & started illustrating children’s book in 2011. With this collection, she wishes to publish it on a larger scale & thus has started a fundraising campaign on “Kickstarter” & has offered rewards for the backers. She is positive about being backed up by the people in this endeavor of hers.
So excited to announce that my new picture book “It’s Time To Eat” was just released on Amazon!
“Lovingly illustrated, It’s Time to Eat is the second of Helen H. Wu delightful stories about a monkey family and the relationship between mother monkey and her child, a relationship that reflects moments in your own home.” -Uvi Poznansky
“Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book with their children. The children can discuss all the strange meals, Marcus’s friends had for lunch. They can talk about what they like to eat, and what the lesson is that Marcus learned. The illustrations by the author are so colorful and bright. They all depict the adventures of Marcus and his friends.” -Prisrob
“with big, beautifully illustrated pictures and a fun story line, this little monkey (maybe your own little “monkey”, learns that mommy really cares enough to make delicious food for him. At first he thinks that there has to be something better out with his friends: he is offered hay from a horse, an acorn by a squirrel, chicken feed, etc. But nothing is tasty, nothing like mom’s cooking.” – Tom
It’s free to download for a limited time, a free fun and creative coloring book is also included. Grab the book and I’m sure you and your kids will love it!
Click HERE to download the book.
This is a wonderful series of short stories with full colorful and detailed illustrations. The main character is Oliver, an animated child cat; he is the sole narrator of his stories. The first story is about Bearly a bear who accidentally fell into a tree hole and finally was saved by a snake. The second story is about Stripy the tiger mom who lost her baby learned to take care of three piglets. The third one is about Jumpy and Joey, a mother Kangaroo and her son, their adventure magic journey with Oliver. The stories are cute and the adventures are full of fun and imagination. The illustrations are colorful and full of details, truly bringing the story to life. Highly recommend, and I’ll definitely grab other books in the series.
Also, The ebook currently is on sale. The free download will be available for another few days. Afterwards it will revert to paid. Click Here to download.
About the Author:
Werner Stejskal, Born in Vienna, Austria, Werner is now living in the paradise of Perth, Australia with his wife, two married children and three grandchildren. He worked many years in the printing industry and later for the United Nations in Vienna. His wife had been a pen-friend, whom Werner visited in Hong Kong and finally got married to. After an eventful life, now retired, he began to write children’s stories, had them illustrated through Odesk, narrated them himself for YouTube and finally published the ebooks on most platforms. Werner’s dream is to see “Oliver and Jumpy” animated as a TV series.
There are lots of fairy tales and bedtime stories around and many of them quite violent. This made Werner decide to write something different. On a flight from Europe to Australia he watched the movie Magic on Belle Island with Morgan Freeman, where Freeman teaches a little girl to have imagination and write her first story. This inspired Werner as well and the first stories with his two characters Oliver, the elegant tomcat, and Jumpy, his kangaroo lady friend, made their appearance. Some very capable illustrators have helped to create this picture book series.
Author Peter Frederick sums it all up!
Here are books created by Werner Stejskal, an author who has a wonderful sense of adaptability into the world of a child. Movements, sentiments, expressions and ideas are being visualised, that enthral and win over the little reader. Plus, his terminology is perfectly matched to the mood of each self-contained story. The author also displays amazing sensitivity and is able to transport even adults back into long-past childhood. All good virtues are being emphasized, like friendship, loyalty, determination and civility, giving the fascinated reader the right signals for spiritual development. The main characters, Oliver and Jumpy, are the masters of a variety of situations that draw the reader into the stories. But one of the main reasons for the success of these children’s books is the artwork! The graphics, outstandingly created by the artist, have their hues and shapes completely adapted to the respective situation and so contribute to the emotional absorption of each picture. Text and message. sombre feelings and cheery situations are being created and masterly entertain the little readers. One can only recommend this series of children’s books to all adults who wish to keep their little ones occupied in a positive, entertaining and learning environment!