Not an interview today, but an excerpt, from a children’s picture book, called “Globaloonies: The Big Red Button”. It certainly has a good dosis of humor, and some lovely illustrations.
Joey Papagopolis is on a mission.
He is a ten-year-old boy with a common first name and a last name that nobody can pronounce. (For the record, his last name is said like this: Papa-gah-poh-liss.)
What Joey Papagopolis wants more than anything is to do something good that would earn him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. That would be so cool. And cool is something that Joey would very much like to be.
Joey started wanting that when he heard about a girl who had made a mosaic out of 800 pounds of jellybeans. For real! Her name is Stephanie Logsdon, and she’s from California. She was only twelve when she did it. She used two hundred ten thousand (210,000!) jellybeans and won an art contest. She didn’t get into the Guinness Book, though. Joey thought that was a real shame. He didn’t think anybody else had ever used that many jellybeans to make anything.
Joey was so impressed with her feat that he even sketched it in his notebook:
But since Stephanie Logsdon didn’t get into the Book of World Records, Joey thought he’d try to do it. His parents bought him only four bags of jellybeans to start with. He ate so many of them, he threw up, and so they didn’t buy him any more. Clearly, that wasn’t going to be his ticket to Guinness fame.
After that, Joey tried to beat the world record for balancing spoons on the face. He didn’t expect it to be so hard since the world record was only seventeen spoons:
But after trying for a week, Joey couldn’t even keep one spoon on his face. It was a lot harder than it looked. The kid who won was from Canada. He broke the record set by a kid who was only nine. The nine-year-old had managed to balance sixteen spoons on his face.
Then, Joey thought about trying to break the world record for holding the most slugs in one’s mouth. A guy from Germany had won that by putting 400 slugs in his mouth and keeping them there for 10 seconds:
Joey mentioned the idea to kids at school. But they got so grossed out by it, nobody would play with him at recess for two days. It probably was a disgusting idea, and Joey realized it wouldn’t make other kids think he was cool. He decided not to go for it.
That made his mother very happy when he told her about it later.
When Joey was in second grade, he talked his parents into letting him have a pet chameleon. He figured if he took him to school, for sure it would up his status on the popularity meter. (For the record, chameleon is said like this: kuh-meel-yuhn.)
After the chameleon stuck out his tongue, the boys thought the chameleon was cool, but Joey… not so much. And the girls thought they were both disgusting. Well, all except Jody Bisbaum, who thought any creature with a tongue almost twice the length of its body was very interesting.
After she saw the chameleon that day, Jody Bisbaum went around sticking out her tongue and trying to pick things up with it. Mostly all she picked up were germs. After being out of school for three days, she stopped trying to be a human lizard.
Even though the chameleon didn’t make anyone think that Joey was cool, Joey kept him, and they soon became best friends. Joey named him Larry. His mom and dad got a ficus tree for Joey to keep in his room because they had read that chameleons liked ficus trees. And because they didn’t want a lizard running around anywhere except in Joey’s room. (For the record, ficus is said like this: fahy-kuhs.)
At least that was what Larry used to do. Ever since Joey and Larry found the BIG RED BUTTON, well … life changed a lot for them both.
It all started one morning before school, when Joey was looking under his bed hoping to find a clean pair of socks without holes in them.
Author: Max Candee
Genre: Children’s Picture Book, Time Travel
“Joey Papagopolis is your typical 10-year-old.
Like most boys that age, Joey has a pet chameleon named Larry and a mysterious Big Red Button that can transport the two of them through time and space to the far reaches of the planet…
Hey, wait a second, that’s not typical at all! In fact, that’s pretty amazing — which is why you will want to follow along as Joey and Larry set off on their first Big Red Button adventure.
An absent-minded wish and an accidental pressing of the button land Joey and Larry smack in the middle of a conflict between a Native American tribe and some English settlers. Yikes!
Are their lives in danger? Can Joey resolve the conflict? Will Larry teach them all how to line dance? Does Larry even know how to line dance?
The answers to these questions and more await you in the fun and fantastic adventure of THE BIG RED BUTTON.
65+ illustrated pages (may vary by device).
Humorous illustrations by Anne Zimanski.
Includes a professionally crafted audiobook. Look for the link inside!“
Max Candee is a dad of three curious kids. He writes books for children together with twelve-year-old Ivan, seven-year-old Naomi and five-year-old Maya, who all share their passionate opinions and creative ideas. They even draw in Max’s manuscripts, and they love it when professional illustrators build on their suggestions.
In fact, Max only publishes those books which his children loved and wanted to share with their friends.
To buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DE0CG1O
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