It’s been 18 months since award-winning Australian author (and frequent Finder contributor) Chris Stead released the first book in his The Wild Imagination of Willy Nilly series, The Little Green Boat. Until recently, it was in digital form only. However, a second edition has just emerged, which includes a new character and the ability to buy the book in paperback print form. To celebrate this momentous occasion and to give parents a taste of this action adventure children's picture book, the digital eBook has been put on a huge sale. You can get the eBook for just 99c right now via iTunes, and 75c on Amazon, down from its initial price of $4.99. This deal lasts through to July 8.
Willy Nilly is a young boy with such a wild imagination that his simple, everyday activities often spiral into epic adventures. Through the eyes of a child, anything can happen and as kids dive into his adventures, they too are swept away into the realm of a child’s fantasy.
In The Little Green Boat, Willy and his family are off to the beach on a hot summer’s day. As he explores the sand dunes he finds a little green boat. He climbs in to have a play when all of a sudden a giant wave washes him out to sea. Stuck a long way out from land, he enlists the help of some dolphins, who push him to a deserted island. Here Willy finds a treasure map and if he can brave the dangers of the island's paths, such as monkeys throwing coconuts, jumping crocodiles with sharp teeth and icky, yucky screeching bats, he may just find a way home.
An innovative interactive ebook for children
Perfect for ages 3 to 8, this bright and colourful story is a good old-fashioned action adventure yarn inspired by the beach life Chris Stead and his three children enjoy in Sydney, Australia. The unique, all-original art is inspired by Western video games and Eastern anime. But the book offers far more than just pictures and text.
All version offer an early learning guide to put together by a school teacher to help parents improve their child's reading ability. While the iTunes features a host of interactive extras. A theme tune greets readers when they first open the book and its pages are filled with interactive pop-up text, animations and sound effects to help immerse children into Willy's world in a way not possible with print. Children adore hearing the sounds of a dolphin as they watch it splash in the water, or a helicopter’s blades twirl as it travels through the air.
Two other books are currently available in the series, too. Follow the Breadcrumbs and The Fastest Kid in the World (see below) are out now and a fourth book, Willy Nilly’s Silly Billy Magic Hats, is coming in time for Christmas. Stead has also published 4 other children’s books and has another 11 on the way, so there’s plenty to explore if you enjoy his first adventure. which you can now pick up for 99c or less for a limited time.
Chris Stead's books available through Amazon
Chris Stead's books available through iTunes