Book: Lionel's Grand Adventure (Lionel and the Golden Rule) by Paul R. Hewlettcategories: Book, Magic, Bullying, Kidlit, Fantasy, Baseball, Children's Literature, Chapter Book, Adventure, Moral, Golden Rule, Life Lessons, Children's Book
Paul R. Hewlettabout this book: Lionel and the Golden Rule is a beginning chapter book about a loveable 12 year old bully-magnet named Lionel Snodgrass. Come and meet Lionel as he arrives in Larrystown and discovers a magical Three-Toed-Potbellied Walbaun foot. Follow Lionel's fun misadventures as he uses the foot's faulty protective power and learns a valuable lesson about helping others. Lionel and the Golden Rule is the first book in the Lionel's Grand Adventure series, perfect for young and even reluctant readers at home or in school.
I didn't read much more than comic books growing up, and honestly, my parents were very concerned. I think reading comic books is great, with the key word being "reading". That's what inspired me to write about Lionel. I want to encourage children to read. In an age of fancy TV's, computer, phones, etc. I firmly believe there is still a place for good old fashioned books. Reading helps children develop their imagination, improve their critical thinking skills, spelling, grammar, the list goes on and on and on. The benefits are countless.
My book targets early readers in the 6-10 year old range. It's aim is to use a mix of magic, fantasy, humor, and a loveable main character that everyone (young and old) can relate to to entertain and maybe even teach a valuable lesson. The fun names and places as well as the adventures Lionel goes on combined with a relatively short read makes it appealing to even reluctant readers.
The cover was a bit of a challenge. I knew Lionel had to be the focal point as he is in the story. The question became what should the rest of the cover look like? In the end my illustrator (the fabulous Pat Sauber) and I decided to make him the primary image. The rest is a uniform cover with the title and sub-title. Each subsequent book in the series will have the same cover, just with a different color scheme. The idea is to make the books in the series easily identifiable. I did deviate a bit from that formula with the Christmas book though. I'm also rethinking it a bit. Maybe having Lionel in a different pose would be fun. We'll see.
In closing, I'd like to thank all my readers. I know everyone is so busy and there are so many wonderful books out there, the fact that you chose to purchase and read mine is extremely humbling. Thank you and I promise to continue to try to deliver good, clean, fun, books that maybe, just maybe will teach a lesson along the way.
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