Age Range: 6-8 Series: Lamby Lambpants and Friends Lamby's SECOND Exciting Magical Playroom Adventure! It's Super Hero Day. Jonesy the Chinese puppy dragon and Lamby Lambpants have hero names and costumes for an imagination-filled day with babysitter Katie Beagle. Even she has a pair of snazzy hero goggles (to hide her true identity, of course). Lamby's best friend Snout has a cape and mask too, but he doesn't have a hero name yet. Having been very recently brought to life, the anxious toy pig doesn't feel super at all. He ...
Age Range: 6-8 Series: Lamby Lambpants and Friends Lamby's SECOND Exciting Magical Playroom Adventure! It's Super Hero Day. Jonesy the Chinese puppy dragon and Lamby Lambpants have hero names and costumes for an imagination-filled day with babysitter Katie Beagle. Even she has a pair of snazzy hero goggles (to hide her true identity, of course). Lamby's best friend Snout has a cape and mask too, but he doesn't have a hero name yet. Having been very recently brought to life, the anxious toy pig doesn't feel super at all. He's still shy and quite embarrassed about his missing ear and broken tail. But after a wild ride on an out-of-control toy helicopter, Snout discovers there's more to him than he ever thought. This beautifully illustrated, fun-to-read out loud "picture book" is for early readers.Q&A with Author D. Byron Patterson Q: Byron, tell us about this world and the characters in this picture book? A: I created this cartoon lamb character a few years ago. I designed him, gave him a unique voice and a playful, imaginative world. I surrounded him with a group of lovable disabled misfits, some real (like Jonesy the Chinese puppy dragon) and some brought to life (like Lamby or his best friend Snout). I fell in love with the idea of a patchwork family of wounded little magical beings striving to overcome fears, prejudices and doubts BECAUSE of their physical or emotional disabilities. Everyone in Lamby's world is damaged or broken in some way, and they learn to trust and support one another as they become better souls. I mean, that's the large hidden part of the iceberg; the stuff ABOVE surface is just a LOT of silly, sweet and funny goings-on. I do my best not to hit readers over the head with obvious messages about one thing or another. The messages are there BECAUSE of the story and not the other way around. Kids are much smarter than that. Q: So, how DO you write about a dragon with special needs? Isn't that kind of taboo? A: What, is it taboo because I'm writing about a fictional mentally-disabled Chinese dragon and not a fictional human being? Having flaws is part of the human experience. Kids are humans without much experience, but they're not stupid. You just need to write those stories with young, vulnerable characters THEY can relate to. For my particular Chinese dragon, I focus on his actions and emotions affecting others around him. Jonesy is a tender-hearted, puppy-like Chinese dragon who truly believes he can fly (even though he falls when he tries). He never gives up, never stops trying, but his behavior is borderline obsessive. As the characters around Jonesy learn how best to care for and about him, so do young readers. That kind of learning won't necessarily happen neatly or within a single story. In some cases, yes, but as an independent publisher, we're comfortable taking time to build things properly. We have quite a lot of stories to publish this year alone. Q: Then why publish a sequel story before you publish the first in a series? A: Don't ask me -- it's just how they come out. "The Amazing (and Mostly True) Story of How Lamby Got His Pants" is the first, more or less, in the Lamby Lambpants world. I've known Lamby's history for so long that I had trouble crafting a story that felt real. Yes, "The Incredible Flying Jonesy" is a follow-up to the story of Lamby's first pair of pants, but so what? Think about each person's life as a long series of stories. We mostly come in and out of each other's stories in the middle places and then play catch up. Q: What should readers to take from "your" stories? A: That life is magical when you surround yourself with people who love and inspire you. That you are NEVER as broken as you think. That finding the courage to be yourself no matter is crucial. And that self-esteem is EARNED through acts of charity, compassio
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