Tuesday, November 11, 2014

'A Month of Bedtime Stories' by Neil Roy McFarlane


A cow that eats bananas and lives in the trees! Bees that pilot submarines through uncharted puddles! An elevator that descends to the centre of the Earth! Cowardly dinosaurs! Alien Dogs! Vertiginous squirrels! Time-traveling slugs! Disco-dancing horses!

They’re all here in this collection of weird and wonderful bedtime stories, a month’s worth of fantastic tales to guarantee any child thirty-one dream-filled nights.

Read an excerpt:
From “Ethel the Soap Fairy” 
You still didn’t know where to find soap, so you decided to go and ask an owl because you’d heard that owls were quite wise, so you thought that they would probably know where to get soap from. So you began walking around looking for an owl. 
You looked for an owl for a long time but you couldn’t find one anywhere, so you decided to ask a mouse where you could find an owl, so then you started looking for a mouse. 
You looked for a mouse for a long time but you couldn’t find a mouse either, so you decided to ask an owl where you could find a mouse, so you started looking for an owl again. 
After looking for a long time, you finally ended up back where you started. 
And there, sitting on the grassy knoll, was an owl. 
“Excuse me, Mr Owl,” you said, “do you know where I can find a mouse please thank you very much?” 
“There’s one over there,” said the owl, “sitting on that old tree stump.” 
So you turned around and saw a mouse sitting on an old tree stump, and you went over to it. 
“Excuse me, Mr Mouse,” you said, “do you know where I can find an owl please thank you very much?” 
“There’s one behind you, sitting on that grassy knoll,” said the mouse. “I saw you talking to him just a moment ago.” 
“Oh yes. Thank you,” you said, feeling a bit silly.
Read rave reviews!
"Written with a great love of vocabulary, with a musical style [...] this book is not a month of bedtime stories, but a lifetime of them." - Carole P. Roman, Kirkus Best of 2012 Award-winning Author 
"Neil Roy McFarlane likely has as fine a sense of humor as anyone writing today… Looney, wacky, imaginative and borderline crazy tales that McFarlane pens with absolute abandon." - Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Amazon Top 100 Reviewer / Vine Voice 
"I keep trying to get Mama to read more than one at night time - there are enough for a whole month but I don't want to take that long to read them all!" - Raif (Age 5) San Francisco Book Review
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About the author:

Neil Roy McFarlane lives and works in Devon, UK. He knew he wanted to be a writer at the age of eight and after being many other things in the intervening years (an EFL teacher, a care assistant, an assistant editor, a film subtitler, a garbage collector, a postman…) he has now returned to his original dream. He writes in a variety of genres, including radio drama, screenplays, children's and adult fiction. He recently returned to university as a mature student to gain an MA in English.

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