Warning: You're about to enter Gramma brag zone. :o)
This is my oldest grandboy. Handsome fellow, isn't he? And he happens to have a very active imagination. His imagination led him to write a story about a little boy named Gabe and his...are you ready for this?...pet squirrel. The squirrel's name? Mr. Nut. That's right. A squirrel named Mr. Nut. (Grandboy also has a very cute sense of humor.)
He wrote the story for fun, but when he'd finished it, his mommy decided it needed to be made into a book. There are so many options out there for publishing one's own work, and it tickled me to no end to receive a copy of Grandboy's first story, both written and illustrated by his own two hands.
As the title indicates, the tale chronicles a family vacation. Mr. Nut, unbeknownst to Gabe's parents, sneaks along on a ski trip to Alaska. He rides inside Gabe's britches. This part of the story made me smile.
At the ski resort, Gabe and Mr. Nut participate in all kinds of adventures but manage to keep Mr. Nut's involvement a secret. That is, until a little girl spots Mr. Nut in Gabe's coat and lets out a shriek. Mayhem follows, and then the story says, quite wisely, "And that is how Gabe's parents found out Mr. Nut had come along on their vacation." (In writer's worlds, we'd call this "telling" or perhaps "author intrusion," but I happen to think, in this case, it works.)
The story ends with a little tongue-in-cheek humor, as you can see below:
Now tell me, isn't that precious? When I was Grandboy's age, I would have loved to have seen my stories in this kind of format. His book is in my library on the shelf along with Dr. Seuss and the Berenstain Bears and "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie." Grandboy is the fourth generation of "published" authors in our family, following in the footsteps of my dad (his great-grandfather), myself (his gramma), and my nephew (his mommy's first cousin). And who knows? Maybe this is the start of something big. Maybe one day he'll have an entire line of children's stories published. And maybe not. Either way, it thrills me to have this story, and...admittedly...it makes me proud that Grandboy likes to write. He's a kid after Gramma's heart. :o)
Thanks for letting me brag a bit!
God bless you muchly as you journey with Him~Kim
P.S. -- If you'd like to read Grandboy's book in its entirety, you can go HERE. Enjoy!