Today I’m hosting Day 5 of a 5-day virtual tour for Michael Read’s children’s book, The Adventures of the Parsley Family and the Dancing Snails.
This tour is sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center.
In today’s post, Michael explains why he wrote this book.
From Michael ReadIn 2014 I started to write stories for our three granddaughters.
They, their parents and pets, were the stars of the stories and the first three of the book are based on true happenings and then I have embellished them; spiced them up!
That might have been that, but then the middle aged granddaughter, Ella in the book, told her mum that she had been studying comparative religions at school at the age of 6 years and was very confused so she was going to believe in fairies because of the Tooth Fairy and that some people believed that fairies lived in their gardens.
I was worried that her sisters would tease her if they found out so I wrote the three ‘garden watch’ stories implying that it was OK to believe in fairies.
I had no inkling to write stories about snails at this stage.
The Essex Snail stories came from Trixie’s garden watch.
I remembered when she was younger she would go into her garden and round up snails and put them in a circle.
After a while they would slither off and she would gently return them to ‘their place’.
I then thought, what would the snails think about this and the world of the Essex Snail Dancing Snails was born!
The granddaughters read the first few Essex Snail stories and said they needed some ‘action’; something should go wrong!
My response was the ‘elf & safety story where snail life is challenged and then Snail Guardians to the rescue!
And then later the Thunder Snails were invented to come to the rescue when snail lives are at risk! SAG! ‘THUNDER SNAILS ARE GO!’
See a lot more at www.snailguadians.co.uk where there is an Amazon app to order my book.
For links to all 5 days of this virtual tour, visit the National Writing for Children Center.