Hello, faithful readers! I have a few exciting updates I would like to share with you tonight.
I will be running a special Christmas edition of my Fantastic Adventures series- just as I did with Halloween- filled with some of my favorite family friendly Christmas and holiday movies, books and TV specials. I hope you will enjoy it and discover great new entertainment options to share with your kids (or, kids, get your parents to watch with you!).
Second, I am pleased to announce the date of my next book, Dead Skin Dave, the Pirate. Expect it to sail into your home Tuesday, April 16th. I know this is one that some of you have been waiting for, and I am very happy to finally get everything ironed out for a release date.
I look forward to sharing my writing with all of you.
My latest book, Jeremy, the Jack-O’-Lantern is now available to order!
What does a pumpkin think about being turned into a jack-o’-lantern?
Join Jeremy as he goes from a small pumpkin on a vine to a delightfully wicked jack-o’-lantern! Go on a journey as Jeremy experiences Halloween for the first time!
Buy it at Lulu: http://www.lulu.com/shop/ryan-r-palmer/jeremy-the-jack-o-lantern/paperback/product-20472337.html
Coming soon to Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and more!!
The Haunted House of John Price Horror novelette is now available for $0.99 at BarnesandNoble.com for your NOOK e-reader or whichever device you have the NOOK software installed on.
Buy it here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-haunted-house-of-john-price-ryan-r-palmer/1113578418?ean=2940015494464
The Berenstain Bears are a popular series for both parents and kids because it teaches great life lessons, helping the parents approach difficult subjects. This Halloween edition has a similar theme, in that it teaches about dressing up for Halloween and why being scary is okay. When Papa Bear gets to design a haunted house for the school’s Ghost Walk at Halloween, he decides that it’s going to be the scariest Ghost Walk ever, with every frightening thing he can possibly use. Mama Bear is concerned that he might be going too far, especially since this event is for young children, but Papa is having too much fun to take her warning seriously. Then, a nightmare of his own causes him to reconsider.
Why it is a fantastic adventure: As mentioned above, the book teaches about Halloween and the appropriateness of the scary costumes, decorations and evil creatures shown on TV.
It is a good chance for parents to have a great conversation about Halloween costumes and what is appropriate. Of course, the level of that appropriateness is up to each individual parent. The illustrations also allow for your kids to open up their imaginations and really get into the different aspects of dressing up for Halloween. it is a great way to help them kick start costume ideas.
NEW RELEASE: The Haunted House of John Price
Buy it now for your Kindle for only .99!
*WARNING: Not for kids!*
Don’t have a Kindle? Download the FREE Kindle app for your PC, iPad, iPhone or Android phone and read right from your device!
Please review after you have read!!
Here is a sneak peek at the final artwork for Jeremy, the Jack-O’-Lantern, available to order next week!
The next stop on our Halloween adventures: Disney’s Halloween Treat. This 45 minute video was released in 1982 and was a mainstay on the Disney Channel through the 1980s and part of the 1990s. Unfortunately, it no longer airs on broadcast television. But, you can find it on YouTube in seven parts. Link will be at the end of the post. This Halloween special centers around Disney villains, creepy stories with your favorite characters (Mickey, Huey, Dewy and Louie, etc.), and there are clips from some obscure Disney cartoons not seen since the 1970s.
They all feature creepy settings, vivid characters and perfect family Halloween thrills. A talking jack-o’-lantern introduces each story which include such creepy scenes as dancing skeletons, Donald Duck hiding from a rampaging gorilla, the “Night on Bald Mountain” segment from Fantasia, the wizard’s duel from Sword in the Stone, and even a clip of the Headless Horseman chasing down poor Ichabod. These are just a few of the great segments you will find in this video.
Why it is a fantastic adventure: Halloween is always a special time when you are a kid (and it should be when you’re an adult, too). This is one of those rare videos that can both frighten children while also making them howl for more when it is all over. It has just the right amount of “scare” and creepy imagery mixed with the pleasantness of Disney.
The truth is, we all love being scared. Your kids will be on the edge of their seats as they await whatever creepy creature is awaiting them in the next segment. It offers the thrill of being scared with the safety of the Disney brand.
If your kids love Halloween and all the creatures that go along with it, then they will definitely enjoy this video. there are creatures of all kinds.
This is also a great moment for your little kids to teach them what Halloween is all about. There may be scary and evil creatures, dark settings and spooky stories, but in the end it is all about having fun while being scared, getting and eating candy, and dressing up as your favorite creature or character. Of course, there is also a greater reason for Halloween, which you may share with your youngsters (but most of them won’t be ready to understand it), the remembrance and celebration of lost souls: relatives, ancestors, and all loved ones.
In the end, Disney’s Halloween Treat is a fun adventure for the entire family with some great scary moments, classic Disney characters and a great representation of all that is good about Halloween.
You can watch Disney’s Halloween treat in seven parts on YouTube. Start here: http://youtu.be/ASuuZejf8VE
Here is some concept art for the upcoming picture book Jeremy, the Jack-O’-Lantern. I am trying to decide wether I want to stick with the home-made marker look, or clean it up to make the colors smooth.
What do you think?
If there is one thing you can count on in Fantastic Adventures in Family Entertainment, it is the adventure part! Today I have a grand adventure for the entire family. The Neverending Story is a film that crosses several genres in such an effective way that it feels like several different movies in one. You have a young boy reading a book in the attic of his home, and as he is reading the story, the audience is reading right along with him as the book comes to life on the screen. There are magical creatures, giant turtles, rock monsters, horses, a beautiful empress and a plot full of action, daring and wit.
Why it is a fantastic adventure: Contrary to the title, the story does eventually end, and it is a fantastic journey that seems to go by much too quickly. The first time your kids see the giant flying dog, Falcor, they will be hooked into the adventure and the story. A giant flying dog that a kid can ride on is an amazing way to get your kids’ imaginations flowing, and that really is the key. As I have said before, imagination is one of the few tools in our brains that we do not fully develop as we grow older. So, the more chances you can give your kids while they are young, the better! And the more you foster the growth of imagination, the better.
The other magical creatures in the story bring in a lot of fun. There’s a large rock monster, which kids always seem to get a kick out of. You also have a giant turtle, moving statues, living trees, and other equally odd yet charming things.
Another important aspect of The Neverending Story is the fact that it promotes reading. The main character of the story is really the boy reading the book. The rest is just the boy’s imagination of what the book world looks like. Your kids can actually see what reading a book can be like. They can watch the boy read the book and then see him create this fantastical world all on his own just through the mere act of reading. And, of course, by the end of the book, the boy is so into the story that he is shouting out the window in order to save the life on the empress.
The Neverending Story gets your kids’ imagiantions running wild, draws them into the story and hopefully gets them excited about reading and all of its wonderful possibilities.
I have a big announcement to make today. You may have noticed the lack of blog posts in the last few weeks. For that, I apologize, but it was for good reason.
When I delayed Eliza, the Witch to next Halloween, I posted that I hoped to have a family friendly story out this Halloween. I am glad to say that I have fulfilled that hope, and I will be releasing a picture book this Halloween titled Jeremy, the Jack-O’-Lantern. The writing has been done, and illustrating is starting soon. I hope to have it available by mid-October. More details coming soon!
It is my plan to release a new book every Halloween that you know you can share with the entire family.
Also coming next week, look for more Fantastic Adventures in Family Entertainment, and a spectacular post about the oldest palm trees in Los Angeles!