You can’t have your cake and read it

OKyle Caken a recent family vacation to the UK, my sister (Kate Cooper ) presented James Chapman and me with this delicious edition of Kyle Evans and the Key to the Universe.

Every detail of the cover had been perfectly reproduced. James thought it looked even better than the original. I’m certain it tasted a whole lot better (although to be fair, I haven’t actually tried to eat a paper copy of the book).  Yummy!

Distracted by Pictures

Well, to be honest, it’s not really pictures that have been distracting me recently, but picture books.  Specifically, ideas for picture books, of which I have several.  Unfortunately, I have less artistic talent than an Enderman, so these ideas are just a bunch of words right now.

In other news, I am still gathering feedback to my new shortish story, and the third and final Kyle Evans book is coming along slowly (thanks to those pesky Picture Book ideas!).

And so it begins…

The third, and final, Kyle Evans book is underway!  I am so excited to finally get going (after being stuck for several weeks) and cannot wait to see what happens next to my favorite three characters.  Yes, I realize that sounds strange, but apart from a couple of key moments, I really have no idea what will take place in this final installment.

Separately, my new manuscript is with a group of Advance Readers (kids aged 8-11) and I should start hearing from them soon.  If it does well with them, this will be my next publication.

I’ll provide more updates as I have them!

Books I Love

With the immortal words, “Please Look After This Bear,” A Bear Called Paddington begins the tale of… well, a bear called Paddington.

For those of you who don’t know, Paddington is a stowaway from Peru.  He has made his way to London because his Aunt Lucy had to go to the home for retired bears in Lima, and she wants him to have a better life.  He is a very friendly and polite bear with a strong sense of right and wrong.  He also likes marmalade.  A lot.

Luckily for Paddington, he is discovered by the Brown family at Paddington station in London (which is the reason he has such an unusual name).  Despite Mr. Brown’s concerns, they take Paddington under their wing, and he soon becomes one of the family.

There are a total of eleven Paddington books of which I am aware, and they are all marvelous, but I have a particular fondness for the first one.  Crazy adventures surround Paddington’s first bath, his first trip on the London Underground (subway), his first time in a department store, his first outing to the seaside… everyday activities seen through the curious, innocent and often misunderstanding eyes of a bear from Peru.  A Bear Called Paddington is funny, silly, filled with kindness and is one of my favorite books.

New Review – Kyle Evans and the Deadly Plague

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Many thanks to Steph at Cover2Cover for her wonderful review of Kyle Evans and the Deadly Plague.  Here’s a short excerpt:

“Rob Hunt does not disappoint with book two in the Kyle Evans series. The book is simply put  ‘out of this world’ (pun intended) with crazy creatures, action and adventure.  Younger readers will love this series, it is full of space, monsters, battles, and dangerous feats.”

You can find the full review right here.

Books I Love

Whenever I attend an event, at least one person asks me to name my favorite book.  I always find this a difficult question to answer.  I am not number-onegood at choosing my favorite anything: book, movie, TV show, food, vacation spot, child… Anyway, this gave me an idea for my blog.

From time to time, I will write about a book that I love.  I will focus on books that my readers might enjoy (which means books for kids aged 8-13).  Some of the books might be for younger kids in that category, and some might be for older, but they will all be books that I think 3rd – 7th Graders might enjoy.

I don’t know how often I will write these posts, and I am only going to write about books I love, but if you have any suggestions for me, please pass them on.

My first post on this subject should be ready soon!