83-Year-Old Step-Mom Teams Up With Kid's Book Author To Create 'Socktown'
Author Greg Wachs teams up with his step-mother Sharlene to tell the story of 'Socktown' in the newest title in the Funky Dreamer Storytime kid's book library, just released on Amazon
"We were talking about ideas for children's books and I came up with Socktown," said Sharlene Wachs. "We've all put socks in the laundry and found one missing. Doesn't everyone wonder where all those missing socks get off to?"
Sharlene, 83, and her husband, Larry – Greg's father – are lifelong tennis players from Larkspur and Greenbrae in Northern California near the San Francisco, where they frequent the Mt. Tam Racquet Club. This is Sharlene's first foray into writing, and she says she's already imagining new stories to further expand the Funky Dreamer Storytime library.
"My wonderful step-mom Sharlene came up with the idea and I thought it was awesome, so we created a book together," said Greg Wachs. "We're proud of the final product and think kids are going to love Socktown."
Socktown tells the story of two youngsters who are determined to find out where their missing socks end up. They set up a camera in the laundry room and follow the socks as they sneak outside and trek to a hidden place under a waterfall, where they meet their friends for a sock party. The story is brought to life with colorful illustrations created by Tatiana Rusakova, a Ukrainian artist, painter and illustrator who has been teaching art to kids for more than 10 years. Inspired by nature, traveling, and books, she enjoys bringing magic and imagination into her watercolor illustrations.
Socktown is the 12th title in the Funky Dreamer Storytime library. Nine children's books by founder and author Greg Wachs include Leah Sees The World; Black Butterfly; Oscar's Pasta; What Animal Am I?; What Do Giraffes Eat? (available in English, Spanish, Tagalog, Japanese, Korean and Russian); Cute Kitty In The Big Pizza City; Donut The Dragon (available in English, Spanish and Tagalog); Milkshake Mermaid; and Anabelle & The Crumbs.
In addition to creating his own books, Wachs has teamed up with three first-time authors to add new titles to the Funky Dreamer Storytime library: Raising My Baby Sister by Marissa Martinez; Dinosaurs Don't Bark, written and illustrated by with Amir Martel; and Bibby – A Bunny's Journey, written and illustrated by Adam Henry.
All 12 Funky Dreamer Storytime books are available at Amazon.com and via the Funky Dreamer Storytime website. Free podcasts filled with Wachs' original songs, music and word-for-word narration are available on iTunes and www.FunkyDreamerStorytime.com to accompany Anabelle & The Crumbs, Donut The Dragon, Milkshake Mermaid, and Oscar's Pasta.
For more information on Funky Dreamer Storytime kid's books and free podcasts, visit https://www.funkydreamerstorytime.com.
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