“Rumbold Raven’s Magic Menagerie” is a series of eighteen short children’s poems featuring an eccentric, colourful assortment of animal characters: Dorelia the extinct Dodo, Feeble Fred the dozy frog, delightfully dreamy Salome Seahorse, and wellyboot-wearing Tiger Tigbaloo to name but a few – all eighteen drawn together by scary but charismatic Rumbold Raven himself.
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The book has an interesting story, since it was written by me and illustrated by my artist friend Albert Ennemoser thirty five years ago. At that time, publishers loved the book but rejected it because of the prohibitive cost of producing Albert’s wonderfully detailed and lavishly coloured illustrations. Now, the Web makes just about anything possible….
Albert returned to his native Austria and the book, which he had given to me, gathered dust in my study for decades. By the New Year of 2013 Lola,our delightful granddaughter, was nearly two and already a book lover like me. After a visit with mum Susie and dad Ben in January 2013, I came across the dusty manuscript of “Rumbold Raven….” and looked through the poems again. They leapt off the pages, lively and quirky as ever. “Mmmm”, I said to my husband Ian, Lola’s granddad. “Lola would love this book when she is old enough, wouldn’t she?” So, with the able help of local web designers co-occurrence, it has at last been born. Enjoy!
“There are very few children’s books that manage to combine great writing with great illustrations. “Rumbold Raven’s Magic Menagerie” has managed to do both. This book is a treasure of beautiful illustrations and engaging words. Each story and picture is unique and will have children’s imaginations captured. The fact that they are both beautiful to look at and interesting to read makes them unusual. I am hoping to frame a couple for my child’s room. Well done Anne for persevering and bringing these treasures to us now after all these years.”
Emily Cutts, independent psychology researcher and community activist with Glasgow, UK’s “The Children’s Wood” campaign.
You can download a free two page sample from Rumbold Raven’s Magic Menagerie as a PDF (480KB) and if you like it, why not buy the entire book of eighteen characters for $10.00? Just press the Paypal button below and I will send you the PDF by email. (NOTE: if you prefer to send me a cheque/money order, do email me and I will then give you the mailing address to which to send your payment. Thanks!)
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