Through comic stories in verse, and cartoons, this book appeals to both children and adults. The settings for these cartoon stories – the Galapagos Islands, and Mars, – provide a quirky setting for the characters involved. A giant tortoise (Wilbur), who is in search of his purpose in life, (besides giving people rides on his back), and a young Martian boy (Zora), who discovers the secret for root beer, are two of the unusual characters in this book.
Targeted Age Group:: 8- adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As a teacher (before I retired) I often read many books to my elementary school students. The really silly books seemed to have the most appeal to the students, and they particularly enjoyed the Dr. Seuss-type books. I wrote this book to appeal to students in 5th grade and up, hoping it would also appeal to adults who enjoy this type of humor.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I'm obsessed with the giant turtles from the Galapagos Islands, and also obsessed with the possibility of life on other planets. These 2 seemingly different topics are not really that different – they just reflect an interest in mysteries. I created several characters that would reveal the wide range of human emotions, through the eyes of children and adults.
"Zora the Martian Discovers Root Beer" is written in verse, and is accompanied by cartoon images (which I can't show here), but this is an excerpt from the book, when the young boy – Zora – discovers a strange-looking plant growing in his garden, who starts to talk, and asks Zora for a root beer:
So Zora went into the house
To ask his parents' advice.
He explained about the cucumber,
And his parents were very nice.
They let him finish his story,
They didn't even shout.
They waited till he was through,
And then they screamed, "GET OUT!"
Zora told his story again,
To everyone at school,
But everybody laughed and said,
"Zora, you're a fool."
Zora told his story
To anyone he met
Because he promised the little cucumber
He would try his very best.
He begged the people to help him,
He even went on his knees.
"This cucumber wants a root beer!
You've got yo help it, PLEASE!"
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