Jaimie Engle’s latest book is something for kids 8 to 12 years and is called The Toilet Papers, Jr.: A Short Story Collection for Kids.
Don’t you hate losing your place in your bathroom book? The Toilet Papers, Jr. is a short-story collection separated by word count so you can read a full story whether you have to go a little or a lot, with stories so funny and so scary, you’ll have to read them on the toilet. From the imagination of award-winning author Jaimie Engle, author of The Toilet Papers: places to go, while you go, this is the perfect book for readers ages 8+ including excerpts from her popular novels for teens and preteens.
Here is what to love about The Toilet Papers, Jr…
*Funny, engaging, thrilling stories.
*Perfect for times when you have time to read just a little or a lot.
*Stories broken down into groups of 0-500 words, 500 – 1000 words, and 1000 + words.
*Excerpts from her other popular novels for teens and preteens.
I recommend checking out The Toilet Papers, Jr. along with the other Jaimie Engle Books. We love Jaimie Engle’s style of writing and how entertaining, laugh-provoking and thrilling her books are.
Here are a few questions that I got to pose to Jaimie Engle along with her answers…
What inspired you to write this book?
Actually, this book was fan-inspired! I have a book titled The Toilet Papers; Places to Go, While you Go which is a short-story collection separated by word count to read in the bathroom. Well, it’s for ages 16+, but I meet a lot of kids at author visits and events who go crazy when they hear the title and want to read it. So I wanted to give them the same thing. I went to my files and pulled together my best Shel-Silverstein style poems and my spookiest Goosebumps type stories,hand-drawnh some hand drawn original art by Seth Novak and Deb Oller (who also drew the cover), and created The Toilet Papers, Jr. short-story collection for kids.
What is your favorite short story in this book?
My favorite short story is “Dragon Tales.” It’s actually about the different types of essays and I made each dragon talk in a way to explain each essay variation. For example, Narrative Dragon is the one telling the story because that’s what a narrative essay is: a story, while Persuasive Dragon looks at all angles and presents his case at each step of Narrative Dragon’s Tale. It’s a very simple way to “see” how the types of essays work through a very fun story that I hope will help kids understand the differences.
Out of all your books, which is your favorite book and why?
Right now, it’s The Toilet Papers, Jr. because it’s a compilation of so many different types and styles of poems and stories written across many years. Each story has it’s own story and holds a memory, from my earliest publication in fifth grade to college coffee shop open mic nights to becoming an author as an adult trying to break into the picture book world. It’s like a journal in a way, just for me, but still able to uniquely touch every reader. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be scared, and you might find yourself grossed out (see “The Legend of Billy McCabe”!).
What advice would you give to an author to be?
Read and write a lot! Never stop doing both. You will become a better writer as you read, and you will begin to see where your own writing needs strengthening. I would also tell each writer to know that they have a unique voice the world needs to hear. It is different from everyone else’s and they have a story inside of them that must be shared. If each child knows that they have a purpose, then finding their place in this world becomes a journey of hope instead of wandering through without meaning, wondering what life is all about. I would tell them what I tell every other kid I meet: YOUR WORDS HAVE POWER!
To discover more about Jaimie Engle and all her exciting novels, make sure to visit her here….
Disclosure: MomMomOnTheGo was provided product for the purpose of conducting this review. As always, MomMomOnTheGo only supports companies, products, and services that she loves.
Photo Credits: Jaimie Engle