As I’ve previously stated, the idea for The Imaginaut came to me quite easily. One idea unrolled into another until I had what (I truly believe) is one entertaining story. Sure, the writing could use some tightening. I’m not so vain as to think my writing is perfect as is and immortal. I wrote it in August of 2013, and I have since read quite a bit of literature and have learned some new tricks to apply to my own writing. With that said, I do plan on tightening it all up one day, but for the time being I plan on giving this site the much needed space to grow.
So, as for entertainment, with The Imaginaut, we’ve got a story about Henry and how he befriends a constellation in the form of a puppy dog. In Cosmo & Friends (its activity-filled companion book), we’ve got a handful of new characters. There’s Orbit, a female puppy dog constellation, Zackle and Bob, two exotic alien merchants, and the R-Bots who scour the universe cleaning up messes. And in Where is Cosmo?, a comic inside of Cosmo & Friends, we’ve got a prominent spot for a very special someone, the reader. I like to think that’s a whole lot of entertaining possibilities.
But, at the end of the day, the story I want to tell is not only one of constant exploration imagination but one that, as I’ve repeatedly said, educates while entertaining. Cosmo playing with planets as if they were balls is imaginatively entertaining in its own right, but it gave me a chance to educate children about planets as well. Add to that, Cosmo being a constellation allowed me to delve into the marvelous reality of star constellations. Then there’s Cosmo & Friends. Sure I could have filled it with pointless activities but that would have been a wasted opportunity. Instead, I filled it with trivia, with disguised math questions, with vocab, as well as other, more subtle surprises. Yes, there are still a few “pointless” activities such as mazes and coloring pages (the whole book is colorable!), but with these, I tried to make them imaginative. For example, there’s a page in Cosmo & Friends that I’m particularly fond of, in which the reader needs to re-wire an R-Bot by figuring out the mazes inside a compartment on its belly.
So, all in all, I am proud of my first children’s books, and I think I succeeded in creating two books that are edutaining!