Hi Everyone, It has been so long since I’ve posted a blog that I hardly remember how to do it. So, if I make some boofs – please forgive me!
This blog is about the backstory for my two “Doonsey” stories, book # 1 & 2.
I’m finally ready to release my newest adventure for kids, Doonsey Returns, the Great Rescue, part 2! I have been working this book since 2015 – for 2 years! Writing the story was easy, however, the illustrations have taken FOREVER!! This is a beach adventure with mystery, suspense, imagination, fantasy, and realism! Quite a combination for a children story!
I’ve talked to some friends and fans. Here are a few questions that gthey have been wondering about:
Q. So Grammy, what’s Doonsey’s back story?
A. A little orange and green wind-up toy crab, some shells, pebbles, a crab claw, and some seaweed were the inspirations for my two Doonsey Adventure stories.
My husband and I, and our daughter and family, were vacationing at Kure Beach in North Carolina in 2013. In one of the local stores, I found an adorable little wind-up toy crab. I bought him and presented him to our granddaughter, Sofie. She immediately named him Doonsey! For the rest of our vacation, Doonsey went everywhere with us. He was the focal point of many beach photo shoots. He was our very own, “Where’s Waldo!”
Q. How did you come up with the “Beach Buddies?”
During that same Kure Beach vacation, my granddaughter and I were beach combing. We found lots of shells, colorful pebbles, some crab claws, and strands of feathery sea weed. We added these items to our sand sculptures. Our creations ended up having some very interesting faces and personalities! We named them the “Beach Buddies!”
It was then that my imagination started to work. I wondered, What would happen if these “creatures / personalitites” came to life? What if they wriggled their way right up out of the sand? What if they took on HUMAN characteristics?
Even though our “beach buddies” looked pretty crazy, they were cute and fun to make. I took lots of pictures of them. So in addition to plenty of Doonsey pictures on the beach, I now had these whacky “beach buddy” creations. We LOVED them!!
Q. How did the loggerhead turtles enter the story? Before our vacation ended, we took a longer walk up Kure Beach. We were amazed to discover an area with tape marked, “CAUTION!” It was a protected space and the location of a sea turtle nest! Oh my gosh, what luck!! During this ONE vacation, the inspiration for TWO stories for kids emerged! The first story: Doonsey’s Beach Adventure, the Great Rescue. In this story, Doonsey rescues Soferton, then helps rescue her friends, the Beach Buddies. In the second story, Doonsey Returns, the Great Rescue, Part 2, Soferton, Doonsey, and the Beach Buddies are reunited, however, they meet some NEW little beach buddies – (shhhh) – sea turtle hatchlings!! It’s so exciting!!
Q. Is there anything similar in both stories?
A. In both stories, kids will use their imaginations and creativity. The “Beach Buddies” imerge, there are educational activities, AND the Beach Buddies tell their silly knock-knock jokes (Beach Buddies LOVE knock-knock jokes!)
So what pre-readers saying?
- My 6 year old niece and I really enjoyed this story. We particularly liked the way friends helped others and the interesting facts at the end. (J. Bombeck)
- A fun summer beach book. This cute kidlit book is filled with real life photos, mixed with an array of adorable illustrations. Readers and parents will enjoy going over the interesting facts and activities at the back of the book. (R. Russell)
- If you are looking for kid friendly beach activities, pack this in your bag. “Doonsey Returns” is a story that helps us see the treasures of the beach and shows us
creative ways of how to have fun using them. An actual photo page gives us examples. The book also introduces us to an endangered creature that calls the beach home for part of its life. Best of all there is a whole page listing facts about it and a coloring page with questions to look back in the story. Another good point is it show all of us why it is so important to dispose litter properly. (R. Kairies)
I received the book as a gift for my daughter (age 7). She was quite thrilled. She found the characters entertaining and the story was at a level that she was able to take the concrete information and use her imagination. Her favorite part, though, was the information regarding turtles at the end. I found the transitions from one part of the story to the next slightly stiff, however, I am an adult reader. I actually find this to be beneficial in children’s reading, as it allows them a slight pause to use their imagination and logical thinking skills. it has inspired my daughter to create many of her own stories in similar fashion all this past week. (anonymous)
I am so grateful for the reviews coming in! Thank you pre-review readers!! My hope is that NEW readers and lots of kids will enjoy this fun, summertime, beach book that includes creativity, imagination, and realism!
Love from Rhonda Paglia, Grammy Pags Stories for Kids
Available from Amazon & Barnes & Noble: Doonsey Returns, the Great Rescue, Part 2