[SUMMARY: Click HERE for the PDF or scroll down past the text to view it online.]
[UPDATE: The book has been listed on Freekidsbooks.org HERE. Please swing by and leave a review/comment.]
Back in 2012, I was listening to Adam Carolla (which I do daily, and highly recommend), and among his many rants of dissatisfaction, he mentioned that a decent children’s book was hard to come by, especially given the relative ease with which he imagined a children’s book could be created. Obviously, there are amazing children’s books (The Little Critter, Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein), and there are pieces of absolute crap. Not all are created equally. One of my best friends is a remarkably talented artist and illustrator, and I know the immense amount of time and work she can put into a single illustration. In my opinion, a children’s book can fly or die based solely on the illustrator, and they ought to have top billing. I, myself, am striving to be a writer, so I decided to try and churn out a decent children’s book as quickly as possible while still creating something I could be (relatively) proud of. One of the main issues Adam has with our youngest generation is the over-coddling and false-empowerment that lead to entitlement and what he calls “lack of grit“. Based on this, I decided to pander directly to Adam by writing a book about personified tools who engage in construction and, ultimately, teach a lesson not about “being anything you want to be“, but about finding one’s calling, talent, or passion, and embracing it wholeheartedly – something I truly believe in.
As I stated, I don’t claim to be a great writer, but I am striving to be one. I wrote and illustrated this book in about two weeks of casual evenings at the coffee table, and then got distracted and shelved it for two years. Let me take this opportunity to also point out that I am not an artist. I built these pages in MS-Paint and inked them with a gel pen. Two years later (two weeks ago), I discovered my unfinished project and decided to finish it – that is, color it – with magic markers, over the course of two more weeks of casual evenings at the coffee table. Done.
Thus, friends, I submit to you for your approval, the culmination of one month of casual evenings at the coffee table, two gel ink pens, and a 64 pack of markers:
The Paintbrush that Just Wanted to Help
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What a wonderful book!!!! Not only is it filled with knowledge but an important lesson!!! I’m not big on reading but I really enjoyed reading your book! I think you done an excellent job!!!!
Cute story with a valuable lesson; to find one’s purpose and accepting that sometimes it’s not realized until it’s truly needed 🙂
Excellent story, well written for a child to understand and the illustrations are priceless … they add to the excitement! I can just imagine Zachery, our 5 year old grandson, relating to every word. The most important event in his little life right now is filling his tool box just like his daddy’s. I think you should continue your walk and have it published. You are certainly on a path for children’s books. And, I agree, there are so few out there now that can capture the imagination of a young learning mind. Great work; very talented and creative on your part. Glad you decided to remove it from the shelf …