Thought would share a recent review and interview by PVB online made me proud.
Russ Brown born in Liverpool, pursued an early career in stage acting. His love of telling a good story and a natural ability to get a point across, led him to teaching.
His many years in the classroom have highlighted the importance of telling good stories to children. He has written two previous stories “Daisy the Donkeys First Fare” about a donkeys view of the first Christmas and “Poppy’s Planet!” an environmental story about a flying penguin.
In this his third book, Russ has created a story about the imagination and daily battles a child has just to get through a school day. Written in rhyme, Monsters in my math book will be one to read over and over again.
We were lucky enough to interview the man himself and find out a little bit more for our lovely readers!
How did you begin writing?
I began writing when I was given a task in class one day of telling the Christmas Story for a group of 6-7 year olds. I was looking for a different angle to get the children excited, my daughter Daisy had just been born and the idea of a caring Donkey called Daisy came to me. I wrote my first book “Daisy the Donkey’s First Fare” within a weekend and tested it on the children. It had a great response from them and other staff members. Many told me to get it published and within 12 months Daisy was on book shelves. It was all very exciting. I now see stories everywhere!
How many books have you written?
I have written 3 published books have 1 which is completely ready to be published and many many other in varying states of progress.
Which is your favourite character and why?
My first two main characters are based on my children so it would be mean to choose one! Daisy is the one who got it all started, although Poppy the Penguin has proved to be more popular during author visits and book days. However I love the illustrations in my new book “Monsters in my Math Book” I think they all show the varying battles that children face everyday in school, Jamie Cosley, the illustrator really captures the personality of each Monster perfectly. So to answer your question……all of them.
Do you only write childrens books?
I have written short adult stories with varying success, however, as I am a Primary Teacher, I feel I can connect to the needs of children at grass roots level. I know what children need and enjoy and hope to aim my books towards them. I like children’s books and in particular picture books.
What is a typical day like for you?
As I am a full teacher my week days consist of being in class. I do spend evenings and weekends writing stories and more importantly reading books. I write constantly, the joys of the technological age means I can work on my writing anywhere and can edit and review and re-draft on the go. I spend a lot of time asking children in school to read my work, they are without question my greatest critics.
Does rhyming come naturally to you?
I must admit I find working in rhyme easier, I found a steady pattern with Poppy and used a similar rhyming structure throughout. In my new book I used a more fluid structure and found this to be a very comfortable style. Monsters in my maths book uses rhyme to build on the childs experience step by step gradually showing his life is surrounded by monsters who prevent his daily routine.
Where can we find your books to buy?
My books are available from Amazon in paper and digital formats and many independent book sellers. They are also directly available from my website http://www.russbrownauthor.co.uk.
Where did the idea for Monsters come from?
The ideas from Monsters came directly from a child I had worked with, he struggled with “fitting in” during school and after one particularly bad day at school I asked him why he found school so hard. He replied that he had monsters only he could see which prevented him for doing his work. Before I knew it “Monsters in my Math Book” was created.
Poppy the Penguin is very educational, do you feel it is important that children understand the state our world is in and how we can help save the earth?
The plight of the Planet is essential for everyone, we have to look after our future generations. The best way to do this is to educate, assist and inform. Children are far more appreciative of the environment and use the mantra of reuse, reduce and recycle to its best. If we don’t educate about global warming, over farming and fishing, and using more environmentally sound transport generations after us may have no planet to look after them.
To find out more about Russ Brown pop over to his website.
Monsters In My Math Book is a story written in rhyme about a little boy finding things difficult at school. This would be fantastic for children struggling with lessons and school in general, a wonderfully written book which is relatable to young children and could really go a long way in installing a little bit of confidence a child needs.
Beautifully illustrated in an appealing way to the younger generation this book is a must for all primary school children.
Watch out for this book on Russ Brown’s Website.
Poppy’s Planet is a fantastic book for children written in rhyme in which it explains the problems our world is facing in an easy and intuitive way for youngsters. The book is fun at the same time as being educational and really touches on topics that children should know about but that sometimes are difficult to explain and talk about.
Poppy’s Planets follows poppy the magical flying penguin all over the world atching her discover some of the problems our earth is facing.
Another great book written by the amazing Russ Brown a truly wonderful Childrens Author.
Poppy’s Planet is available to buy on Amazon.
Daisy The Donkey’s First Fair is a wonderful story about a very special donkey who never gets picked to taxi people around, the glamorous camels always get the jobs instead. Daisy desperately wishes to pay her owner back for caring for her but who wants to ride an old grey donkey? But maybe, just one day, a very special person does.
A beautifully written tale that will warm everyone’s hearts and bring joy to so many Children. Russ Brown has a way with words and we are sure his books will enchant many little ones for years and years to come.
Daisy The Donkey’s First Fair is available on Amazon.
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