IT'S HERE! IT'S HERE! IT'S HEEEEERE!!!!
AND JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAAAS!!!
Believe me, this fever-pitch degree of excitement is a valid reaction. Getting to publish a children's book in this part of the world is hard as heck. I had to go through an insane number of print publications that come with strict rules like, 'We only accept stories written in the native tongue.', 'We only run stories with a local flavour.', 'We only go with stories that carry a culture-specific moral lesson.' Blech.
Well, technology finally caught up with that nonsense and my son's book is now out for everyone to enjoy! All thanks to an open-minded e-book publishing company called Flipside.
FLIPSIDE, THIS IS THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT YET!
The book is called SLEEP, GEEK, SLEEP. A compilation of out-of-this-world sci-fi stories borne out of the mad, unstoppable imaginings of my boy, Miro.
There are three short stories in this book. Heart-warming, knee-slapping tales that all end with lovely lessons learned.
It gets even better with the illustration prowess of three of the best artists I know: Annie Llanes, Bleps Dapo, and Klaro de Asis. Kudos, beautiful people!
Oh, but it doesn't end there. SLEEP, GEEK, SLEEP comes to you in two e-book format choices. One, a flip book version. Two, an interactive version which allows the reader to click on images to make them move and make sounds. HOW DELICIOUSLY INSANE IS THAT?! If you have a kid, or if you're simply a kid-at-heart, wouldn't you want to get your hands on something as nifty as this?
Of course, you would! And here's how.
SLEEP, GEEK, SLEEP is now available at Kobo Books and Indigo. For that fantabulous interactive version I was telling you about, you can score that magic from iTunes.
In the spirit of the season, we've also donated SLEEP, GEEK, SLEEP to the Global Filipino Library --a Flipside PEER program that aims to forward 21st century digital learning to pubic schools in the Philippines. Absolute coolness!
Miro and I would love it if you could read these stories to your kids come Christmas night. :) Thanks and enjoy!