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!
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!
Super excited to announce that our new book BLU DOG Home Alone was released today on Amazon! Teamed up with Todd Grey, we had so much fun making this book possible. Interactive children’s activity section inside and a free coloring book included. Click here to purchase the book on Amazon.
You have often heard the age old question; if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? BUT have you ever thought about this one; if a dog is home alone and no one is around to watch him, does he have more fun than we think?” Christopher Anderson is your typical kindergartener whose imagination runs wild when asking himself that very same question. Young children and parents alike will truly enjoy reading this book and discovering what Christopher thinks his beloved dog Blu is actually doing while he is attending school. The Blu Dog Book series aims to encourage your child to develop and expand their imaginations in both a unique and fun way. At the end of the story, we offer an interactive section which allows parents to help their children express themselves in their own words and illustrations, just like Christopher Anderson.
This beautifully illustrated children’s book introduces us the interesting entertaining story behind Chinese zodiac. In old times, cat and rat are great friends. One day the Emperor announces a contest, a race for all the animals. The first 12 winners cross the finish line will have a year named in their honor. The contest is through mountains and fields, forest and rivers. Rat and Cat, the best of friends, ask the water buffalo to carry them across the river. However, when it’s about to reach the finish line, rather than holding together tightly, Rat pushes Cat into the water and jumps off the buffalo’s back, coming in first. This marvelous tale reveals why, to this very day, Cat and Rat are enemies and why Cat is not one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.
Following the story, Ed Young offers “Cultural Notes” and a chart of signs that help the reader understand the characteristics of the 12 animals described in the book. It is a cultural educational book especially for those who enjoys myths from around the world. It is very well presented by a soft gentle abstract look, Young’s charcoal and pastel drawings are dramatic and striking. The darkness of color and the depth of texture conveys a unique look in children’s literature.
Today I’d like to share with you the chance to win a signed copy of ‘Redy and Bluey: Nursery Rhymes’ by Helen H. Wu. Available on Amazon
Illustrated by Helen H. Wu and written by authors from around the world, this unique read-to-me book is suitable for early readers and is sure to please both boys and girls who can explore the wonderful dreamy world with Redy and Bluey.
Nice written rhymes and beautifully illustrated imaginary world in gemstone-like colors. Great book to read to toddlers and little kids for bedtime. And if you have a child who likes drawing and coloring, there’re tons of cute little houses, castles, trees, and flowers in the illustrations that he/she can learn to draw from.
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