Today’s children’s author guest is the brilliant James Minter. James has created a fabulous book about one of the most important events to face any child – turning 10!
Billy has a birthday
In this first book of the Billy Books series, Billy Field is uber excited at his approaching tenth birthday. Not only is it his first double-digit birthday, but he’ll be ten on the tenth day of the tenth month—a once in a lifetime event.
Billy’s invited his best friend Ant to his party. The entertainment is a magician – Billy’s granddad – who’s being assisted by Max, Ant’s sister. In one trick Granddad magics Billy’s present – a twenty-pound note, but soon after the party, he has his money stolen by the local bully.
Bullying is unacceptable and has to be dealt with… ‘Billy Has A Birthday’ is a wonderful example of a story that young children can enjoy reading alone or together with their parents or grandparents.
Using traditional storytelling, it is both entertaining while dealing with a serious issue that affects many children as they grow up. Bullying can be a difficult subject for children to talk about, and many feel frightened or embarrassed if they fall victim to bullying. This book acts as the perfect icebreaker for adults and children to begin discussing these issues. Find out how this negative experience turns out.
A perfect read for children who enjoy school fiction, but with a positive learning to help other bullied children. If you enjoy reading Jeff Kinney or David Walliams, you love the Billy Books series.
About the author
James is a dad to two grown-up children, and a step father to three more. His fiction writing career started some five years ago with books designed to appeal to the inner child in all of us – very English humour. Later his daughter Louise reminded him of the bedtime stories he told her and suggested he might like to commit them to paper for others to enjoy. He hasn’t yet but instead embarked on writing the eight-book Billy Grows Up series for 7 to 9-year-old children. These are traditional stories, but with value based plots.
Although the main character Billy and his friends are fictitious, Billy’s dog, Jacko, is based on his family’s much-loved pet, which, with their second dog Malibu, caused havoc and mayhem to the delight of his children and consternation of himself.
Before he started writing, James spent his working life as a college lecturer, and later in the computer industry. It was at a time before the invention of smartphones and tablets, when computers were powered by steam, and stood as high as a bus.
The Hole Opportunity was the first product of his imagination for the inner-child. The Unexpected Consequences of Iron Overload followed a year later. A paranormal, romantic spoof thriller, written to raise awareness of a genetic medical condition called Haemochromatosis. Book II of the Hole Trilogy – A Tunnel is Only a Hole on its Side – came next.
Currently, in addition to the Billy Grows Up books, and campaigning for children’s values, James is writing book III of the Hole Trilogy – Marmite Makes a Sandwich, Dynamite Makes a Hole.