In his picture book, The Stumps of Flattop Hill, award-winning children's author Kenneth Kit Lamug weaves a fairytale classic in the tradition of the Brothers Grimm. His dark tale for children is scary and entertaining at the same time. With its fantastic wordplay and rhymes it challenges the idea of what children’s literature can be.
Inspired by the detailed and artistic illustration style of Edward Gorey - an American writer and 20th century artist noted for his characteristic pen-and-ink drawings - Lamug tells the tale of little Florence whom her friends dare to enter a haunted house on top of the hill. The house scares many people and they are afraid of it. And of course Florence is frightened, too, but she is also curious - draw to the house. She musters all her courage and goes inside to make her way up to the top. She finds out many ghastly and fatastic things on her way. But will she make it back out? We'll see.
In The Stumps of Flattop Hill, readers are taken on a twisty journey that pushes the imagination of all, clearly displaying Ken Lamug's passion for telling stories. He declares it his "goal to inspire and spark imaginations." As a father, he knows that kids love great campfire stories and says that his four-and seven-year olds love to repeat the rhymes of Flattop Hill over and over.
Read our exclusive interview with Ken Lamug or visit his website www.thestumpsbook.com to find out more about the book and author. On Ken's website you should also check out his downloadable worksheets developed to engage his audience more in the culture of fairy tales and story-telling: The Stumps Classroom Activity Worksheet offers a great opportunity to keep young readers engaged in scary fairytale stuff, by allowing them to create their own tales! It includes a Haunted House paper craft, maze puzzle, creepy word puzzle search and a draw-a-monster-worksheet. A great way to let kids share their own scary stories create their own heroes and inspire their creativity!
The Stumps of Flattop Hill
Age Range: 1 - 16 years, Hardcover: 40 pages, Publisher: One Peace Books (May 1, 2016), Language: English, ISBN-10: 1935548867, ISBN-13: 978-1935548867, Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 7 inches, Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds