The Boy Who Owned the Forest will be officially released into the wilds on April 9th, 2019! If you’re in Windsor, I’ll have copies available at the Windsor Small Press Book Fair on Saturday, April 13th from 11-4. The book fair takes place at the University Community Church (2320 Wyandotte Street West, Windsor, ON). I will also have copies at Juniper Books soon (1990 Ottawa Street, Windsor, ON).
If you want to buy on-line, it’s always best to support small presses by buying direct from their web page: handersenpublishing.com But the book will also be available on-line at places like Amazon.
The book contains seven short stories, which read like fairy tales for kids, but can be enjoyed by adults. I usually try to avoid clichés by saying it’s a book for everyone, but I do think it’s the kind of children’s book that adults who still have a sense of imagination can enjoy. Most of the stories were originally written and published in my zine 398. The main audience for the zine was not children, but fellow zinesters who were teenagers and adults.
The book has an amazingly cool cover by Nicholas Beckett and is full of black and white illustrations. He might be doing some events and stuff in Australia, so if you live in Australia you should go say hi.
Here’s what some other folks have said about the book:
“Author Elizabeth J. M. Walker has a sublime understanding of stories that truly need to be shared with the world, while illustrator Nicholas Beckett’s black and white drawings are expressive, and hauntingly beautiful. A must-have for anyone who loves to escape from the real world and delve into the unpredictable realms of fantasy.”
“It’s been a while since I’ve read a children’s book, but I’m glad this is the one I read. The Boy Who Owned The Forest is actually a collection of children stories. There are seven different stories: The Boy Who Owned The Forest, The Piano That Swam, Cornelia & Timothy & The Wonderful World Of Zines, The Maze, The Sea Rider, The Winter Of The River and The Tree.
Each story has a unique plot and interesting characters to hook the reader. I also like the lessons that were embedded in each story: don’t try to be like others or you’ll lose yourself, letting things go even when you don’t want to.
Even though this is a children’s book I feel adults would benefit from reading this it too.
The illustrations were also stunning. They looked like hand-drawn pencil images and they really added to the stories.
This is a book for one and all, young and old.”
See? Look at that, they both said the thing about the book being for kids and adults. So, whether you are an adult looking for something fun and magical to read or an adult looking to buy something for a cool kid you know, then check out The Boy Who Owned the Forest!