Thursday, December 22, 2016

Willy Nilly's Here! Come Meet Him and Join the Great Adventure

Enjoy the Entire Book Read to You

 I love the cute boy character of this new series, for children age 2-8. I read it on my Fire which was simply beautiful with bright brilliant colors that are certain to held the attention of even your youngest child... although I'm not sure that the author's son is happy about being the model...😒  OK, I found this picture on one of the author's site and was pretty sure that I knew whose image was used for our Willy Nilly character! How Cool! 

I was a character in a book once...but never have had a character created who looked like me... Anyway, I was just as excited as Willy Nilly to be starting a new day! He was heading for the beach!

The Little Green Boat

By Chris Stead

I don't know about you but when I saw Willy Nilly's bedroom, full of so many strange and interesting things, I just knew that I was going to love the book... You see, he woke up early because he knew it was going to be a great day! He was going to the beach and for a picnic with his parents! In fact, he was so excited that, when they got there and were going to start eating, Willy Nilly escaped to see what he could find!

I've always had some type of creative activity going on in my life and now believe that it is one of the most important traits to promote for all children. It might take awhile, but just by encouraging creative growth and stimulation, a beginning has been made. The book itself illustrates how important it can be. Not only do we find a stimulating story, but the art work is in such detail that younger children will enjoy picking out the various sea creatures and other items to be found on the beach, perhaps during the time before the child will have the book read to him or her.

Sooooo, just by walking along the beach and finding a little green boat... Willy Nilly's creative imagination comes alive... First by being swept out to sea by a big wave... and getting lost!

Fortunately two dolphins came along to help him! He asked that they push him back to shore...which they did...but it was the wrong shore!

Talk about having an I'd be scared when the only way to go turned out to be over a rickety old bridge... with... Yikes! Those creatures in the water have huge long mouths with lots of teeth...Do you know what they might be?

Fortunately, Willy Nilly was able to get across because the bridge was higher and they could not reach him! Soon he walked by a rock which seemed to have a map and it was leading to a treasure chest! Can you guess what he found in the box? I admit I never would have guessed! But it was just what he wanted at that point!

I think Willy Nilly will soon find a lot of little readers that are going to enjoy going on adventures with their new friend! This is a perfect gift for a little boy especially...but if your little girl likes outdoor beach visits and using her imagination based upon what can be found on a beach...I think she would enjoy it too. I did...except for those crocodiles...monkeys...and bats... Huh? Oh I didn't tell you about all of the creatures there, did I? That's cause there's a lot more to the story for you to enjoy...

I especially liked the format of this book where the picture and narrative appear on the same page. However, with the particular style used, there is no search ability so if, for instance, you wanted to find the page about the crocodiles, that wouldn't be possible... Just a note for your information--you know whether your child would be interested in finding specific pages to refer to at a later time. Also, when I pulled up the book on my computer, the print was small and unclear in spots... so do take the time to try out the book first to make sure you can read it on your device. As I said, the Fire was perfect for my reading...

Do check out this first book in a new series...I do recommend it highly for both those for which the book was written and for older kids my age as well...😉


Writing has been a part of Chris Stead’s life since he was very young. In fact, he won the “creative writing” award way back in Year 3 at school as a seven-year-old. During his senior school years, Chris wrote constantly, be it stories while he was sitting at his desk in class not concentrating on the teacher, or writing up news reports on all the sports and experiences the kids in his local neighborhood enjoyed every day.
By the time he left school in 1996, he had already started a website, and was writing reviews and opinions on user-created content for video games. This would lead to work as a contributor to a number of leading magazines and websites through the remainder of the nineties while he completed a degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Sydney.
By 2000, he was Staff Writer for the launch of Official PlayStation 2 Magazine, but left the role in 2001 with his future wife to travel the world. 18-months, 40 countries, a host of odd jobs and two kombis later, Chris arrived back in Sydney and reignited his writing career. He soon started working as GameSta for young boy’s magazine Krash, which – almost 150 issues later – he continues to do, as well as contribute to a host of popular entertainment publications and websites.
In 2003, Chris was hired as deputy editor for the launch of Australian GamePro magazine, and moved to the editor’s seat in 2005. In 2007, he was hired as editor-in-chief for the launch of, and then in 2010 he was brought on as the launch editor for Australian Game Informer. He would work there for four years, before leaving at the birth of his second child, Jasmine.
In 2014, Chris launched a new chapter in his writing life. He founded his own company, Old Mate Media, and became a gun for hire in the entertainment industry, combining all his skills in design, text, editing and content marketing across a number of roles. Chris regularly contributes, consults and schools staff for brands like Maxim, Finder, UNSW, MCV, Krash, It Girl, Red Bull and more.
In and around that, he launched an app, Grab It, and a tie-in website,, to cover the burgeoning indie gaming scene and to help mobile gamers find the hidden gems on the App Store. And, of course, he has launched the first of a range of children’s books through The Wild Imagination of Willy Nilly series. In the future, Chris hopes that other aspiring writers who would like to create their own digital publications – no matter what the topic – will enlist Old Mate Media to help them turn their dream into a reality.

To find out more about the author and see the rest of the series, 
click over to Old Mate Media!

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