Billy and the lost number picture book

5 10 2010

The second story post of the day!

Below you will find Billy and The Lost Number. Another picture book story from Andy’s growing stable of stories.

But before that,  a note on how to help yourself write or create, more.

If any of you are budding writers or creative people without a space of your own I urge you to look into getting one. Find out about the studio spaces in your local area.The sense of personal freedom and inspiration you can feel is brilliant, especially if you work around other creative people. It really feels like you are at work, but in the most wonderful way. 😀

For the following story the picture ideas are in the parentheses.

Pictures by Judi_* , Hammotime and Yan San, from Flickr.

Billy and the Lost Number

Billy woke up one day feeling funny. Something was wrong and he didn’t know what.
[Picture 1]

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Holly The Day Dreamer Picture book

5 10 2010

Hi All,

Here’s a new format for my Holly Daydreamer story, inspired by the Oliver Jeffers range of picture books.

I have designed it in a picture book format. You will find the picture descriptions at the base of the post. You could either read them at the same time as the text or just read the text straight through however after the first few lines the pictures do much of the explaining of what’s going on.

If oyu have any comments on the flow of the story I would appreciate it. The pictures and sentences become more complex as you get further into the book but does this take away from the story, should they it be a similar style right from the beginning?

Thanks for looking.

Holly daydreaming champion of the world

Holly Doorway

Holly Dorway

Once there was a girl who loved daydreaming very much.
[Picture 1]

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Billy and the Lost Number – new picture book story

8 07 2010

I must be on fire today (what did I eat yesterday to cause this?) as this is my second blog post of the day. I’m just finishing off a cute little picture book story about a boy who lost something…….and here’s (in movie terms) a teaser:

Billy and the Lost Number
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Billy woke up one day feeling funny. Something was wrong and he didn’t know what.
He wasn’t feeling ill, his mum could see that in the way he gobbled up his breakfast.
He hadn’t forgotten to do his homework. The Easter bunny picture was all ready for him to take to school.

continued on my Childrens Writers society blog page





Dilly is now available for sale.

7 06 2010

Dilly front cover

Dilly the dancing dog has now been put on the
Lulu.com online publishing site.

For all the lovely people who wish to buy a
download copy for you or a friend, for the
princely sum of £0 it can be yours 🙂

Yup, it’s free!

To get to the download page click on the
picture to the left, or on the link below..

Buy Dilly

Happy Reading 🙂

Support independent publishing: Buy this e-book on Lulu.





Finished- Dilly the dancing dog.

16 05 2010

Dancing animals by hagerstenguy

This is designed as a picture book with one or two paragraphs per page with illustration opposite or integrated into the text. Created for younger readers.

Dilly the Dancing Dog

1

Dilly was a dancing dog. She danced in the morning, she danced in the evening and she always danced for fun. But no one knew she could dance.

2

When her owners were out she put on dancing clothes and twirled about the lounge.

But no one knew she could dance.

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Dilly the dancing dog

6 05 2010

{This is designed as a picture book with one paragraph per page with illustration opposite or integrate into the text. Designed for younger readers}

Dilly the dancing dog
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Dilly was a dancing dog. She danced in the morning, she danced in the evening and she always danced for fun.

But no-one knew she could dance.

She danced the polka, she danced the tango and her favorite was the waltz.

But no-one knew she could dance.

When her owners were out she put on dancing clothes and twirled about the lounge.

But no-one knew she could dance.

In her head she was a world famous dancer and came first in big competitions.

But still no one knew she could dance!

Until one day dancing a jig across the fireplace she saw a face at the window.

‘You can dance!’ the cat said.

‘Why yes i can,’ Dilly replied.

‘Would you like to meet others who can dance?’ The cat asked politely.

‘No thank you,’ said Dilly for she was happy to dance alone.

Later that day fox-trotting across the carpet she saw two faces at the window.

‘I told you,’ said one cat to the other.
‘A dancing dog, well i never,’ it replied.

‘Would you like to meet others who can dance?’ It asked politely.

‘No thank you,’ replied Dilly, ‘I like dancing alone.’

{Unfinished section involving a cat barn dance and Dilly the dog}

Dilly lay down on her favorite rug. ‘I like dancing with others,’ she thought to herself and fell fast asleep.





Holly’s daydreaming competition

9 04 2010

Hi Guys,

I have taken into account your kind comments. Here’s an improved (hopefully!) and now extended 1st chapter.

It’s more verbal which I hope works. So being a bit different it’s possible I have removed parts you liked. So if you miss a bit of the story please let me know, it’s great to get your feedback and it really does contribute to the development of the book.

Oh and I don’t think I mentioned the age range when I originally posted the chapter. It’s aimed at 7-9 year olds .

Thanks 🙂
Andy

Holly daydreamed, Holly daydreamed a lot, whenever and wherever she went, she daydreamed. Her mum always said she should have been born as a cloud because she had her head in them so often.

It had started young and no-one could understand why. The first time happened when she was being fed as a baby and for no obvious reason she stopped eating mid-chew and started to stare at the rather boring lampshade that hung above the kitchen table. Not so unusual for a baby to do that you may think? But she stared at them for two whole hours!

Her mum was so worried, she took Holly to the doctor who sent them immediately to hospital. Holly was wired up to funny and complex looking machines for hours on end. But eventually all the Doctors could say was that there was probably nothing to worry about and that she would grow out of it.

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