Book Reviews: Fluff Puss and the Boat by Ian Mowercategories: Book, Cats, Picture Book, Animals, Pets, Cartoon, Boats, Adventure, Early Learning, Pre-School, Bedtime, Story Time, Children's Book
Ian Mowerabout this book: Fluff Puss appeals to early learners and young children. Adults seem to like it too! The story tells the adventure of Fluff Puss and his friend, Mabel the goldfish. The two friends take refuge on a toy boat to avoid a flooded house. It is intended that the story and pictures help to stimulate a child's own imagination.
Having managed a mobile library I often admired the excellent illustrations in some children's picture books. Having an artistic background I felt that it must be lovely to see your own artwork/illustrations within a popular children's book but I never imagined that I would write and illustrate a children's book myself.
I went to art college for a year but I have never put my artistic side to good use in adult life until now. I had wondered about creating a book but never had the time nor an idea for a story line. However, one night when I just couldn't sleep the idea for Fluff Puss and the Boat 'jumped' into my mind. I then formed a couple of lines and wrote them down before I eventually managed to get to sleep. A lot of time passed and I occasionally thought, 'I must do something about the book' but never got around to it. I'm also a glass artist and so my mind was always thinking about my next piece so the book didn't get much of a look in. Some months later, following a back injury I couldn't do much at all apart from lie down and read or watch telly. On my Birthday, I received an excellent gift, an electronic tablet which gave me the ability to draw and paint whilst laying down. That was it, I loved it. I then slowly wrote the story line and created Fluff Puss. Even though I say so myself I thought Fluff Puss was cute. Hurdle after hurdle then presented itself at each stage of publishing and I nearly gave up so many times. I was pleased once Fluff Puss and the Boat finally became 'real'.
I was thrilled when Fluff Puss and the Boat reached no:9 in the Children and Teens iBooks chart within a couple of days. I was in shock, things like that just don't normally happen for me but most of all I was thrilled to know that someone out there wanted something I'd created. When the book received lovely reviews I was delighted that people genuinely liked my work as I have always been critical of everything I've ever done.
Having to deal with back pain on a daily basis, it has been great to have something else to concentrate on. The second book in the Fluff Puss series is now under way and a number of other book ideas are waiting to come to life. A book exclusively for charity is due to be published too.
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Wonderful Old Fashioned Children's BookMy two boys adore Fluff Puss, we have had many a night reading and re-reading the adventures of Fluff Puss, be it on the tablet or the actual book, as they love both equally. We cannot wait to find out what Fluff Puss gets up to next!
Great Little BookHaving seen the animated version I was so pleased to see this lovely little story as a traditional book. My niece loves Fluff Puss and Mabel. There are just enough words for children and they can follow this lovely little story without difficulty. Great illustrations and look forward to following Fluff Puss on his future adventures. These lovely, timeless books will make a lovely collection to pass down the generations.
Lovely bookThis really is a lovely traditional book not only did my children love, but also brought back childhood memory's of how a good children's book should be written and drawn. I hope the author will write more books in the near future, as not only do my children want to see what fluff puss will get up to next so do I.
Fab bookThis book is really lovely and my 2 year old keeps asking to hear the story about the Fluff :) It is very child friendly, easy to read and illustrations are great! Thank you! We are looking forward to hearing what happened on the next one!! [by Irma]
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