Book: Wendell and Wanda Explore the animals of Noitanigami - Draw It Yourself. Illustrated by you. by Christopher Davycategories: Book, Adult Colouring, Hobbies and Crafts, Parenting, Art, Poetry, Painting, Education, Language, Illustration, Do It Yourself, Draw It Yourself, Children's Activity Book
Christopher Davyabout this book: Wendell and Wanda Explore the animals of Noitanigami: Draw It Yourself. Illustrated by you. is an ACTIVITY BOOK- For anyone of any age! It is the first book in the Wendell and Wanda series.
It is about two characters called Wendell and Wanda who just explore things. But we do this in rhyme.
The book is primarily aimed at children. But in reality I think anyone can enjoy it. Getting readers creating the artwork, to go with what people hopefully think is an enjoyable story, is what I was aiming for. And for the kids it really helps them to build vocabulary and start to learn and explore things in a fun and engaging way.
Wendell and Wanda is an idea I had when I was studying Film Studies and Media & Cultural Studies at Kingston University, Greater London in 2007. So the concept is well over 10 years old.
I did do a bit of research for my book. At Uni I was basically studying everything surrounding this - but in relation to all sorts of media; TV, film, theartre, literature. At the time The Gruffalo was massive. So I got a copy of that. And books and stories I remember from when I was a kid were things I naturally remembered or considering too - The Mr. Men, Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, Rudyard Kipling, The Hungry Caterpillar, The Lettermen(little bit obscure to some people but a book series I LOVED as a kid!) Loads of books! Other than that I considered things like word count and what type of language to use - but there comes a point where I think it's more important to just focus on the sentiment. Express yourself, using whatever tools you have available. Just get your message across. Don't sweat too much about being too prescriptive. You can always change it later down the line.
When I was at Uni I wanted to create a fun kids book that was also educational. But what I created at the time never got off the ground. I love basketball, and originally wrote a book called The Big Bouncy Sun Drop; which was about basketball. I'm not even sure I have an original draft of it anymore. Maybe that journey will reappear soon.
Fast forward to 2020, and I have revised the idea of Wendell and Wanda. I've also written two books in the past year or so, this has really helped get my flow back.
S is for Something: Short, sweet, simple, silly, serious, stupid, smart, self-help.
S is for Short, sweet, simple Sports Coaching and Performance: For parents, players, and pedagogues.
The title came to me by trying to explore what I wanted the concept to be about - which is encouraging exploring the imagination. That's i.m.a.g.i.n.a.t.i.o.n. You got it!
It didn't take me that long to write this npl, maybe a week or two - it is only a short kids book after all. I'm also a keen singer and songwriter so knocking something together in this manner is fairly easy for me these days. That said, if you want to look at it another way, it's actually taken me 13 years to write it. So perhaps I'm terrible at it! Ha! One thing is for sure, I'm not a quitter.
The cover is pretty much blank apart from the title text. Like with the rest of the book, I want to see people tap into the creative side of themselves and create the artwork to go with the book. Which means I think it's cool if they create the artwork for the cover too.
I don't feel there is a hardest part about actually writing. Not the actual writing itself. I just try to let it flow and see what comes out. I try not to be too strict, get some ideas out of my head and then tidy it up once I'm done. The hard part is all the 'adminy stuff'. The proof reading, the editing, the formatting. I'm a big advocate of trying to learn how to do things yourself - so I like to try and keep it that way. But that doesn't mean I don't look for a second opinion later - I just want to make sure I feel I've done as much as I can on my own first without looking for assistance.
If I've learnt anything whilst writing the book it's, stretch more. Hahaha! I'm serious.
My message to my readers is...I hope you read it, enjoy it, and show me what you got!
Oh yeah, and this is the level I like to try and work on. Yes, there is a reason the characters are called Wendell and Wanda. But for now, I'm not going to share that with you. You'll have to let me know what you think it is.
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