The Story

Ellington Owl's Awesome Birthday

Welcome to a world in which lizards wear top hats, carry a walking stick, and can speak (although not very much)!

Ellington Owl throws the best parties, so when Thelonious Melon doesn't receive an invitation, he becomes anxious and upset! His excellent good friend Bootsy Bat, who likes to get to the bottom of things, comes to the rescue.

Join Reginald P. Lizard, Lady Horse, Ellington Owl, Thelonious Melon, and Bootsy Bat as they find out who took the invitation!

With happy illustrations, light situations, and a few morals sprinkled in for good measure, this story will entertain children and amuse parents.

Always remember, and never forget, in a story with a talking melon, all things are possible.

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Author's Notes

I think of Ellington Owl's Awesome Birthday (BOOK 1) as a cross between The House at Pooh Corner and Stuart Little. The characters are like the former, and the adventures are like the latter. I tried to keep the characters fun and simple for kids, but I also gave them full, rich personalities to appeal to the "kid" inside adults.

After some constructive criticism, I attempted to simplify the story to "bring it down" to a child's level. However, after re-reading Stuart Little, I came to the conclusion that E.B. White didn't do this. I decided not to cater to a particular audience. Some of the words might be a bit "large" for a 5 year old, but this offers additional launch points for parental instruction.

This book is a reflection of myself. I wanted charming characters with rich personalities. I wanted to illustrate positive values, encouragement, and warmth.

I feel that this book is best read aloud. I envision a young child saying to the parent, "You gotta do the voices!" Part of my proofreading process requires that I read the book aloud, and I do use "the voices" myself. It's way more fun that way.

As for a technical note, I wrote the entire book using OpenOffice Writer, which is free to download under its software license.

The World of R.P.L.!Reginald P. Lizard (R.P.L.)

Fun, Friendship, and Adventure!

Welcome to a world where improbable things are possible, the wind plays an active role (you know how the wind can get), and you might just learn a thing or two.

This book series was written at a middle school level. These kid-safe adventure fantasies host unusual friends, odd circumstances, and a great deal of humor.

The lead character is none other than Reginald P. Lizard, an intelligent lizard of few words. His best friend is a proper, elegant horse named Lady Horse with a positive demeanor. Ellington Owl is a lovable, cuddly, yet uncoordinated owl. Finally, you have Bootsy Bat and Thelonious Melon (Yes, a melon!) who crack jokes and play games on each other.

These five charming friends get into light, non-threatening, and fun adventures. You will be entertained by songs, jokes, games, puzzles, manners, and interesting facts, too! The world of Reginald P. Lizard (and his friends) is waiting for you. Yes, yes, yes, YES!

Join our five friends on their first adventure!

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The Cast

Image Character Favorite Drink Favorite Saying About
Reginald P. Lizard Coffee Just so. A lizard of few words. Loves to eat flies!
Lady Horse Coffee Yes, yes, yes, YES! A positive, proper, regal, and ladylike horse. She often wears a tiara.
Ellington Owl Coffee Hoo! Round, soft, and huggable. Although he flies, he doesn't land well.
Thelonious Melon Coffee Oh dear, oh dear An anxious melon who talks, rolls around, and cracks jokes. He's sometimes a rascal.
Bootsy Bat Coffee Muffin Crunch! A brown bat who likes to get to the bottom of things.

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