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Harry Helps Grandpa – Approaching Alzheimer’s in a Picture Book

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Karen Tyrrell is an award winning Brisbane based, ‘resilience ‘author, who publishes on this theme for both children and adults.   Her earlier books, like Stop the Bully,  have dealt with themes like bullying and mental health.  Harry Helps Grandpa Remember marks a slight change in direction,  in tackling the realities of dementia and their impact on family, although it still has at its heart the theme of empowerment and emotional resilience.  

Harry is about the special love between a little boy and his grandpa who has Alzheimer’s. Harry will do ANYTHING to help his grandpa remember . . .

1. June: Why do you think picture books on this topic are important?

Karen: One in six people are affected by dementia, Alzheimer’s and memory loss. These stats are on the sharp incline. Children are affected by their grandparents and loved-ones affliction and need to understand the disease and how their grandparents still love them. Picture books are the perfect way to teach children coping skills for memory loss.

2. June: What does your book offer that isn’t in other books already out there?

Karen: Harry Helps Grandpa Remember is written from the children’s point of view, as a problem solving, problem verses solution challenge. Harry gently shows the realities of dementia at the same time encourages children to take an active role in their grandparent’s lives. Harry Helps Grandpa Remember teaches memory boosting skills and coping skills for the child and for the one affected.

3. June: I’ve heard about your pantomime of the book. Why did you launch it with a bit of play acting?

Dementia is a difficult subject to present to children. An interactive, multi-media pantomime displaying humour, strong emotions and a sense of fun communicates the deep messages of dementia awareness, coping skills and most of all, love. The pantomime and the actual story Harry Helps Grandpa Remember spring-boards in-depth discussion.

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Scene from the Pantomime  at one of the local launches.

4.  June: Who was involved?

Karen: Actually our writer’s group, Write Links played most of the key parts. The lead role of Harry was played by Anthony Puttee, who played Bailey in Bailey Beats the Blah, a book about lifting a child’s mood.

5.  June: As a hybrid publisher (seeking traditional publishing options but also self publishing) myself I am interested in how you found your designer and editor.

Karen: My designer, Anthony Puttee designed the cover for Harry Helps Grandpa Remember and formatted the pages too. My editor, Penny Springthorpe is an ex-Penguin editor. I worked collaboratively with her, developing the characters and the story line to the highest possible standard. Both Penny and Anthony work for Book Cover Café, who act as my publishing advisers for my imprint Digital Future Press. I’ve worked with Book Cover Café since my very first resilience book, Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness.

6.  June: What did you most like about working with them?

Karen: I loved working with all the staff of Book Cover Café in a collaborative way, bouncing ideas off each other. I independently sub-contacted illustrator Aaron Pocock to create full colour illustrations. Penny, Anthony and Aaron are all incredibly talented and creative. They’re all perfectionists too, demanding their own work is completed to the highest publishing standard.

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Harry Helps Grandpa Remember  is now on Amazon world-wide as a print Book and as an eBook.  You can also find it in many local Brisbane book stores.

ISBN: 9780987274083

Blog Tour Book Giveaway

Please leave a comment on any of the visiting sites or a chance to win a signed print copy or 5 eCopies of Harry Helps Grandpa Remember. 6 Copies to be won. 6 Winners announced 3 July.

Next Stop

The next and final stop in the blog tour is  1 July Dimity Review http://dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au/

You can still also retrace the tour and make comments on earlier visiting sites.

Why Kickstarter for Magic Fish Dreaming?

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The reasons for the kickstarter for Magic Fish Dreaming.

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1. When is the kickstarter for Magic Fish Dreaming running? We’ll let you know when this launches and the kickstarter page is live.

If you want to see this book happen please keep inviting people to the facebook page and blog in preparation for the kickstarter.

The video is in production, the rewards for supporters are being sorted and well there’s all that behind the scenes stuff you have to do before LIFT OFF!

The campaign launches in a few months from now.

2. Why are we kickstarting the book? The world, with all its challenges and joys, most definitely needs poetry for children and their families to read together and to each other, to perform and enjoy and which reflects their experiences of environment, family, and adventures but . . .

The situation in publishing is that poetry books are not taken on by…

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Harry Helps Grandpa – Blog Tour Begins

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Wonderful to soon have Karen Tyrrell (pictured above) as a guest on the blog again.

She is doing a blog tour with Harry Helps Grandpa Remember.

Harry is about the special love between a little boy and his grandpa who was Alzheimer’s. Harry will do ANYTHING to help his grandpa remember. A heart-warming story, full of humour and HOPE.

You can catch her here on the 30th of June. But until then why not follow the blog tour! (which also includes some of my favourite blogs, like Ali’s, Dimity’s and Charmaine’s)

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember   is now on Amazon world-wide as a print Book and as an eBook.

ISBN: 9780987274083

Blog Tour Book Giveaway

Please leave a comment on any of the sites above for a chance to win a signed print copy or 5 eCopies of Harry Helps Grandpa Remember. 6 Copies in total to be won. Six Winners announced 3 July. Good luck.

Harry will be visiting these author sites: Harry Helps Grandpa Remember Blog HOPS

22 June: Harry Helps Grandpa Remember Now on AMAZON Karen Tyrell

23 June: Ali Stegert Interview Ali Stegert

24 June: Di Bates Buzz Words Review Di Bates

25 June: Robyn Opie Interview Robyn Opie

25 June: Jackie Hosking Review Jackie Hosking

26 June: Charmaine Clancy Author Platform Charmaine Clancy

29 June: Sally Odgers’ interview Sally Odgers

30 June: Jill Smith Review Jill Smith

30 June: June Perkins Interview My Blog

1 July Dimity Powell Review Dims Write Stuff

Magic Fish Dreaming

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And so the journey to create Magic Fish Dreaming has truly begun. Feel free to join us on the blog MAGIC FISH DREAMING or over at the facebook page.

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This blog is to keep you up to date with the project to create the book Magic Fish Dreaming.

If we are able to raise the funds through kickstarter you can expect more beautiful pages like this.

This is only a rough placing of text, as the designer will come on board a bit later.

A big thank you to Matilda Elliot, the editor.  She has been on board since the beginning: encouraging, critiquing and believing in the power and promise of poetry.

As for Helene Magisson, I will share more about this wonderful illustrator soon.

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Leaping Forward – Kickstarting Dreams

This year I did one of the Children’s Book Academy Courses -‘ how to run a successful kickstarter campaign,’ with Mira Riseberg and Jed Alexander.

It was brilliant for helping me focus on why I  write and in ‘kickstarting’ and skilling me to pick a  children’s book that would be suitable for launching with a kickstarter or other crowdfunding campaign.

The Academy have many other courses available and have educated, mentored, and skilled people up to achieve their dreams to publish children’s books. Mira draws upon her many industry networks to bring in guest faciltators to teach portions of the course on offer, or teaches collaboratively.

By next year I want to have a children’s book ready to share with the world.  I am determined  to achieve this goal, and have confidence and some new skills to move forward with my project after completing a course with Mira and Jed.  It has been invaluable to draw upon Jed and Mira’s knowledge and experience and to feel I really can do this.

To find out more about the latest upcoming course just head to this link  CHILDREN’S BOOK ACADEMY. 

Keep a look out for my book campaign – it’s on the way and I am so excited about it.