Abby and Alex’s first Halloween themed ABC book is now available in print and digital. We priced it as low as Amazon would allow us. Great for those little ones just learning their ABC’s or for us old folks that have already forgotten them and need a refresher.
It is a fun and cute little Halloween themed book. The St. Louis Dad kids wanted to do something to try and make some extra money and this is the idea they came up with. They have a few more ideas that hopefully will come to life but for now we have this fun project.
The town of Pumpkinville loves Halloween, but Tim and Lucy love Mischief Night even more. When the magical mischief becomes too much for Tim and Lucy to contain, they must find a way to return Pumpkinville back to it’s original state!
Every year the first Saturday in October has an event called 24 Hour Comic Book Day, where participants spend 24 hours, writing and creating a full comic book. I have done a few versions of this in the past with various results. This year I asked my son if he wanted to participate with me and he was very excited to join in. This past Saturday was the event and I must say, we knocked it out of the park!
Written and illustrated by me and my son Alex during a 24 hour period, Mischief Night is a great story for all ages and a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit! Check it out on Amazon today!
ST. LOUIS, MO—Reedy Press is pleased to announce the release of its newest local interest book, Missouri Weird & Wonderful, by Amanda E. Doyle and Dan Zettwoch.
Missouri Weird and Wonderful is a fast-paced, fact-filled collection of the most fascinating parts of life in our state, with a kid’s-eye point of view. Learn the many wild nicknames of our famous native amphibian, get an appreciation for how radical Scott Joplin’s ragtime music was in the early 1900s, and discover the entire branch of medicine that was born here.
Sports, history, wildlife, food, inventions, architecture, natural wonders, and just plain fun come to vibrant life in these richly illustrated, full-color pages. Author Amanda E. Doyle and illustrator Dan Zettwoch scoured the state, from border to border, to find these nuggets for curious kids of all ages. Find out how much MO you know!
Missouri Weird & Wonderful is available wherever books are sold beginning October 15.
Missouri Weird & Wonderful
by Amanda E. Doyle and Dan Zettwoch
hardcover, 9 x 12, 48 pages
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Amanda E. Doyle is a Midwestern transplant who finds intrigue and adventures large and small from her home base in St. Louis, MO. She’s the author of 9 books, from neighborhood guidebooks to a history of the civil rights struggle in St. Louis. She enjoys off-the-beaten path museums, spending a few hours at the coffee shop, and dragging her kids on research adventures. Find more about her work at AmandaEDoyle.com.
Dan Zettwoch is a cartoonist, information designer, and printmaker in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to many self-published zines and handcrafted mini-comics, his books include Birdseye Bristoe (Drawn & Quarterly), Amazing Facts & Beyond (Uncivilized Books), plus Science Comics: Cars and Science Comics: Bridges (First Second). His goofball illustrations and jam-packed diagrams have also been seen in the Missouri History Museum, the State Capitol Museum, and in homemade screenprints commemorating local birds, baseball, and strange foods. Find him at zettwoch.com and @danzettwoch.
UPCOMING BOOK SIGNINGS:
Book Launch party: Sunday, October 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Royale, 3132 S. Kingshighway
Games, music, live drawing demos and Missouri-themed drink specials.
Christopher’s Gifts: Saturday, October 21, 1 p.m. – 3 pm.
127 E. Argonne in Kirkwood
Missouri History Museum Halloween Party: Thursday, October 26, 4:30 p.m. -7 p.m. An interactive station with a fun Missouri map game will be part of the museum-wide Halloween celebration.
Along with traditional book-signings and author talks, this book has its own game show. “Do You Know MO?” will travel to area schools and institutions like the Missouri History Museum, to give young readers a taste of the magic of Missouri…and see if they can answer the most challenging trivia questions! It all happens behind real podiums, with real buzzers, wacky show hosts and music, and more. (Schools can also request a free curriculum guide that illustrates the state educational standards met by the book’s content.)
Last year during the pandemic my daughter Abby decided that she wanted to write and illustrate a book. So I helped her get started with an idea she had. I helped her develop her idea into a short little story about a little girl that is lost and scared.
Helping a 10 year old write a story isn’t as easy as it seems. Sentence and story structure are not really at the top of their list of things to remember when writing. So we just took it one step at a time. I figured, no matter what, she is doing something creative and I am proud she is taking this step to get started.
It only took a few days to write the story. We made sure we went through a first and second draft and finally we had our final draft… that is until I lost it. I put the story somewhere… I just had no idea where, and as time marched on it was forgotten about and pushed aside to make way for the many other projects we always seem to get involved with.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago where my amazing wife FOUND the story! My daughter was not nearly as excited as I was. She must have already moved on from the story as she really struggled pushing herself to get the story illustrated. At first she just didn’t even want to start, but then I explained the process and that she would be coloring her drawings on the computer, she started to get a little more excited.
With a little help, Abby was able to knock out her illustrations and also get them colored over a relaxing weekend. With the review process finally finished up we are now happy to say that Abby’s very first book, The Lost Girl, is now available for purchase in digital as well as print!
To get your hands on a copy of The Lost Girl by Abby Williams just click the links below!