A children’s book by Marty Byk Illustrations by JoAnn DiMaggio
“ONWARD AND AWKWARD!”
If you hear those words, you know that Clonk the Clonkerer and his Bug Barian friends are on the loose. This means only one thing. You’re about to be conquered in the best possible way – with Viking fun. Better yet, it’s Bug Barian fun.
And just who are these Bug Barians? Meet Clonk the Clonkerer, the Mighty Huntoon, Eddik the Dread, Monte, Flo, Valleri and her pet aphid, Thor. They’re the nuttiest and tiniest troop of Viking Bugs you’ll ever meet. They have an eye for adventure and a taste for fun. They also have an awful sense of direction…and that’s when the adventures really start.
Grab a helmet and sail away aboard “The Leaf Erikson” leaf boat with this crazy crew of diminutive heroes. But be prepared for anything. Today’s destination? Anywhere the wind takes them. It’s not far away but getting there won’t be easy. They never know who they’ll meet along the way.
Their world is a pond that’s as big as the eye can see. It’s filled with all sorts of things: grumpy squirrels, mean ducks, a crafty yellow kite, unpredictable weather, and of course, Clonk the Clonkerer. Everything is guaranteed to go haywire when Clonk is on board. And it does. He’s proof that big troubles come in tiny Viking packages.
“The Bug Barians®” is a charming and fully illustrated story filled with memorable characters and hilarious situations that kids will love and parents will be comfortable with.
All it takes is a little luck, a good gust of wind and you. WHOOSH! Now everyone’s a Bug Barian. Come along as they float, fly and fumble their way into trouble and into your hearts. ALL FOR BUGS AND BUGS FOR ALL!
Targeted Age Group:
Ages 4 and up
Writing for kids is all about simplicity. The urge to make things more complicated has to held in check because, we feel that it’s the child who is really creating the story – not the writer or the illustrator. Our hope is that we set the stage for the story and let the child’s mind fill in all the colors, the details, the textures, the action and the logic. This way, a child can read the same book many times…and get a different story each time. When a child describes the book back to us, we’re often surprised at how different their take on it is and just how many different books we’ve written. It’s their imagination that makes the story fly. We just give them a running start. That, to us, is the key.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Just write. That’s it. Just write. Oh and one other thing: just don’t do it at Starbucks.
About the Authors
Marty Byk is a long time Television Writer/Producer who has worked for a wide range of channels including USA Network, Discovery Kids, Sy Fy, E! and others. He currently writes and produces for Hallmark Channel in Los Angeles, CA.
I Illustrator JoAnn DiMaggio is an artist and designer who is originally from New York City. “The Bug Barians®” is the first of three planned Bug Barian books that will feature her unique graphic art work.
Published by Bug Barians Ltd.,LLC. Los Angeles, CA.
For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.orgWhat Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have always been a writer. Somewhere along the line, that took me into a career in television. At a certain point, I was working at a channel called Discovery Kids. This was a kids channel from the Discovery Network. While there, I decided to write a script for an animated series about a boatful of crazy Viking Bugs who are on a mission but somehow get easily distracted along the way. They never actually accomplish the mission but they have a lot of exciting adventures instead. The idea didn’t sell. However, I liked the idea and decided to turn it into a book. My wife, JoAnn did the illustrations and we decided to self-publish. We liked the challenge and we really enjoyed the learning curve. At the back end, we had something are proud of and something to call our own. Now…with any luck, someone will like the book and turn it into an animated series. It’s crazy. But it just might work.