Second Review of ‘Evan And The Bottom Rockets’.

Here is another review of ‘Evan And The Bottom Rockets’:

‘This is absolutely genius – I haven’t laughed so much for ages. It’s an absolute gem and will be irresistible to kids – farting, burping and all manner of wonderful bodily functions entwined with sharp writing and real wit. I loved it! So clever – and so genuinely funny… I can’t fault it.’

Karen Holmes
Editor 2QT- She is an award winning adaptation editor for young readers (currently edits for the likes of Penguin Publishing) and an author in her own right; a published novelist and short-story writer award winner.

New Illustration

I’m not going to give away all the illustrations but here is a new draft:

Mr. Hart-Boodle And Doctor Bottom
Mr. Hart-Boodle tries to locate the source of the smell.

These great illustrations are by Joe Shepherd.

Here Doctor Bottom is trying to understand exactly what is causing Evan to smell so foul. Perhaps his feet are the issue? So he persuades Mr. Hart-Boodle to undertake the nightmarish task of smelling Evan’s sock.

‘We will eliminate the emanation with a patient investigation.’

Announcing First New Illustration

Here is the first new illustration for ‘Evan And The Bottom Rockets’. Information about the artist coming soon.

Evan and family
From left to right: Bethany (Evan’s older sister); Winnie (mother); Evan; Willy (father); Fetch; Rosie (younger sister).

First Review of ‘Evan And The Bottom Rockets’ and ‘Evan And The Bottom Rockets On Holiday’

‘These seem like really fun kids books! I think children, especially boys, will love the irreverent toilet humour here. You truly have a gift for ridiculous gross out comedy.

There are some wonderful, horribly evocative, similes used in both books that I think will have children in stitches (and their parents frowning somewhat disapprovingly, but surely that’s part of the appeal!) I love how many scenes escalate to absolutely ridiculous levels…

You’ve also got some really snappy dialogue that flows quickly and naturally between the characters. The conversation with Doctor Bottom is particularly great for this, and I love Mr Hart-Boodle’s increasing and insistent irritation at the doctor constantly getting his name wrong. I imagine that plenty of children will be able to draw unflattering parallels between their own fathers and Mr Hart-Boodle!’

Writing Advisor Rowanvale Books

Announcing ‘Evan And The Bottom Rockets On Holiday’

Announcing ‘Evan And The Bottom Rockets On Holiday’! The book is the second in the series featuring clever Evan the kid with sprout-induced fart problems and takes place somewhere in the middle of book one before Evan’s sprout eating is exposed. The setting is Evan’s summer holidays and, of course, the jokes are mainly on his father Willy Hart-Boodle. Evan’s bottom blows and when it does chaos usually ensues.

The Hart-Boodles take a trip to Spain where things don’t exactly go to plan. The flight over is marred by the first of Evan’s rocket farps and we first encounter ‘the big lady’. The apartment isn’t exactly as advertised and Willy Hart-Boodle has problems in a water park and at the beach. Rosie develops a disgusting habit of her own and Willy has more problems in the airport before they fly home.

The Hart-Boodles test-drive a car and encounter an unfortunate policeman before travelling to a wedding. Evan delivers more chaos and Willy makes a mess of his best-man duties.

Calamities occur when the Hart-Boodles visit a rare-breeds farm and later when they make a trip to the super-market.

So far the response has been good to this second instalment and it’s been great to hear the sound of a child’s laughter when jokes work!

The date of publishing will be some time in the future yet but will almost certainly be handled by a self-publishing company. If anybody has any advice about this I would be very interested to hear from you. Otherwise, stay tuned as the process towards publication continues. I will no doubt let you know all about it!

Evan And The Bottom-Rockets

My New Book for Children: ‘Evan And The Bottom Rockets’

My book is nearing the final stages of editing and I’m still receiving feedback from parents who’ve read a draft of it to their children.So far all the feedback has been very positive and it appears the book has made children laugh out loud throughout. What’s more, parents have also been laughing and that’s great because all along I have wanted to write for children and for their parents also. After all, the parents have to read the book, sometimes dozens of times, and they need to like it too. If they like it the whole process is so much better and they can share in a great experience with their child. I’ve read the same book dozens of times with my children, through gritted teeth. Sometimes these books are very uninteresting to parents and it is difficult having to read them again and again. I hope that my book won’t be like that.

The test for me was: did it make me laugh out loud as I was writing it? I have a childish side to my sense of humour and that has definitely helped me. My son has just turned 8 and his reaction to the different drafts as time went along was extremely helpful, not only did his laughter or lack of laughter help me to edit it, but his suggestions have been surprisingly useful as well.

I cannot publish my book here on this blog because it would harm its chances of being accepted by a publisher, and I need to watch out for people who might steal my work. However, I can give you a synopsis with some quotes from the current draft.


The book concerns a boy named Evan:

‘Evan Hart-Boodle had always been a topsy-turvy sort of boy in the middle of a topsy-turvy sort of world. He had a problem and only he knew why.’

Evan is an unusually clever boy in a world of foolish adults where roles seem to be reversed. His problem is the central theme of the book. Perhaps I won’t give it away but I will let you know that it concerns certain bodily functions. Do your children laugh at those? Mine do. In fact, I do too!

The reason for his ‘problem’ is a secret until the end of the book.

Other characters in the book include a doctor who has a problem with names:

‘Doctor Bottom wasn’t very good with names. “What can I do for you Mr. Fart-Noodle?” he said. “Hart-Boodle”, replied Evan’s dad, awkwardly.’

A hapless father called Mr. Willy Hart-Boodle:

“He sat on a Weever Fish and it poisoned him in the butt”, said Evan. “He had to go to the Lifeguard’s hut and put a burning flannel on his butt but he dropped it in front of everybody…”

An eccentric school friend called Ophelia Pongsby:

‘Ophelia was in a world of her own and began walking in the wrong direction. She was grabbed by somebody and sent the right way, and there was a good deal of giggling. She climbed the steps to the stage and stumbled, grabbing the lectern to steady herself, sending a glass of water all over the Mayor and his wife who were standing up ready to award the prize.’

A fearsome Head Teacher known as Shirty-Gerty:

‘Mrs. Gertrude Booby instilled fear into every child. Her punishments were always severe, her wrath was renowned, her irritability legendary.’

An obsequious deputy called Mr. Paddy Pantsdown:

‘She then went on about the school year, which seemed to be all about how well she had done as Head-Teacher. Mr. Pantsdown looked on glowing with admiration for her and excitedly burst into applause at one point, but stopped when he realised he was the only one clapping. Shirty-Gerty gave him a glare and he put his fingers over his lips and shook his head as if to tell her he wouldn’t do it again.’

There is plenty of fun in the book with rude, or just plain silly, names.

‘“Willy Weewell?”
“Yes Miss Take”;
“James Windbottom?”
Tiffany Whiff?”’

Children have really enjoyed these names. Be prepared to have to try and calm them down before bed-time because the story makes them quite rowdy according to one parent!

The Hart-Boodle family try and do normal family things but Evan’s problem makes every trip out an event. At school he becomes notorious following some high-profile incidents.

The book ends with Evan facing a new problem – a clever twist.

I can’t give it all away. If you would like to read the story and feel it would make your children laugh please show your support by leaving a comment. I hope that we can see this project through and that you will be able to get your hands on the finished book some time in the future!

Is this the sort of book that you would be interested in buying for your children? If not, why not? Let me know!

Writer’s Bureau Flash-Fiction Results 2017: ‘The Coffee Cup’ Short-listed

My story ‘The Coffee Cup’ was recently short-listed for the Writer’s Bureau flash-fiction award.

Writers from all over the world enter these competitions so I’m very happy just to be short-listed.

The story was quite quickly put together last year when I decided to enter a few competitions for the first time.  I was surprised to find out how many entries these competitions get and the amount of countries represented is sometimes mind-boggling.

So, I’m very happy to be named and perhaps one day some of my stories will make it into print.  They’ll have to wait though because I’m concentrating on getting ‘Evan And The Bottom-Rockets’ published and I’ve already started my next book.  On top of that I’ve got a novel forming in my brain for the adult market.

Still, it’s a step forward!