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17 April 2017

Introducing my Book: The Cactus Who Craved a Hamburger

*drumroll please* 

Ahem.

I present before you today: 


The Cactus Who Craved a Hamburger

Available for sale on Amazon and CreateSpace.

That's him. That rotund succulent is Ty, a cactus with big dreams and a single-minded devotion to burgers. In the words of the Amazon book description (which I wrote, so obviously it's the perfect description):

"All Ty wants is a hamburger...and lots of adventure to go with it! Join Ty as he learns to navigate the world he lives in: a world of monkeys, ants, rats, cockroaches, and even a cicak or two. For some, this world might seem a little scary, but not for Ty. His optimism and zest for life is unstoppable...just like his burger craving. These stories are meant to be read aloud to children of kindergarten-elementary age. Voracious young readers might want to read the stories for themselves. Each story is set in a little apartment in tropical Malaysia, an apartment that exists in real life. Does Ty exist in real life? I'll let you decide that for yourself."

If you enjoy my creative writing style--a unique mashup of bizarrely optimistic hopefulness paired with slightly cynical observations of the real world, you will like this book, regardless of age. It is designed as a children's book, but not as a baby or toddler book--unless your toddler likes stories with lots of words, even startlingly large words on occasion. The Cactus Who stories are entirely set in Malaysia, and all of the characters are creatures (or plants) that we see inside and around our home and apartment complex on a regular basis. I learned pretty early on in the illustration process that choosing to write stories in which geckos, cockroaches, starlings, and rats played key roles was perhaps not the best choice if I wanted "cute" or "pretty" characters...because it's basically impossible to make a cockroach look cute.  However, one of the first comments I received from an early reader was "I love the cockroaches!" That was a surprise. 

These are the real characters I stumble across in my life here--while the stories themselves are imaginary, all are based on what I imagine might really be happening right under our noses. I mean, are any of you up-to-date on all the cockroach gossip going on in your home?

The book is listed for sale at $12.49. This book contains 3 individual stories involving the same characters, which makes the book significantly longer than you might imagine the typical children's picture book to be. 

So, there it is. Lifelong dream achieved: I wrote and illustrated a book for children, and even better, it's a book giving a glimpse at life in tropical Malaysia. I'll be honest and say I'm pretty good and excited about it. Thanks to all of those who have cheered me on since I first tentatively announced this project! If you'd like, you can purchase The Cactus Who Craved a Hamburger online--and if possible, I encourage you to leave reviews after you've read it, because I'd love to know what you think! The book also has a hashtag: #WhereIsTyTheCactus . Look at me, pretending like I'm social media savvy and cool enough to make hashtags. It's all a facade.

You guys are the real all-stars!
Anonymous said...

I read the book and it is awesome!

Wife Sense said...

Congratulations to you on achieving your goal! The book looks darling.

Emily said...

Congratulations! The book looks so cool.

Tee said...

This is such a great accomplishment! Congratulations!

HungerThirstPlay said...

Congratulations! A cactus that loves hamburgers? I mean, c'mon, he sounds like a cool little cactus to me!

Trish @ The Trish List said...

Aww this is so cute! I am going to have to get this for my nephews. They will love it! Congrats!

Harmony Skillman said...

Thats amazing! Congrats! Love the premise!

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Charlotte Klein said...

Oh, my goodness--what an adorable book, Rachel! I'm always looking for something to read to my bf's nieces and the older one has a thing for bugs and dinosaurs, so I think this is totally up her alley :) Thanks for sharing and wishing you much success with this!

Bethie The Boo said...

CONGRATULATIONS! This book looks adorable! I'm pretty sure my kiddo would love it, so I will definitely get a copy! How amazing!!
Beth
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KimBerly said...

Wow!! Congrats!! Huge accomplishment. Be Proud.

Kristen Raney said...

Congratulations! Your books looks so cute! I'm sure my son would love it, he's the perfect age.

rooth said...

Congratulations! I love the premise AND the main character

Rebecca Hicks said...

I love that you wrote your own book- that's AWESOME Rachel! And Ty is such a CUUTE character. Checking it out on Amazon!

Carolann Chambers said...

Congratulations, Rachel! I am so excited for you, for following your dreams and making them happen. Writing a book is a big dream of mine and I am making slow progress towards making it come true. Seeing you fulfill yours makes me so happy and inspires me. I bought a copy and I can't wait to read it and share with the young people in my life!

Kirstie Ganobsik said...

Ty looks so cute - congratulations on such a monumental accomplishment! I love the theme you picked of reaching our goals with positivity and enthusiasm. What a great message for kids.

Kathy Voshell said...

congrats on your new book. Looks wonderful.

Jessica Devlin said...

this is so fantastic. Congratulations on the book!

AnneMarie said...

Congrats! That is so awesome!!!!! I know you said any age can appreciate it, but is it too "little kid" for an 11 year old? My littlest brother is 11, and this may be a fun read for him, especially since he's been learning about world cultures in his homeschooling curriculum.

Lecy Croson said...

Congratulations, Rachel! It's so awesome that you were able to reach your goal and the book looks precious!

Robert Stukowski said...

Congratulations on the book. Hope it does well enough that they make a TV show based on it. Just make sure you have a good lawyer on hand when they do.

Shana said...

This is so adorable! Congrats!!

Ashley Hardman said...

This book looks super "cute" :) and I might have to check it out! Congratulations on your accomplishment!

Olivia Douglass said...

Congratulations!!! What a fantastic achievement. I cannot wait to get this for my son, it looks like an adorable book.

Nostalgia Diaries said...

This is so awesome! Congratulations on such an amazing achievement. I've always wanted to write a children's book! The illustrations are the best :)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Congrats - that is so awesome!! It sounds like some cute stories, and I like that it's based around real life "characters" if you will. :)

-Lauren

Miss Nutralicious said...

This is so cool and Ty is the cutest cactus I have ever seen. I am so excited for you! This is a big accomplishment!

Danielle Siero said...

Congratulations on your book!! How very exciting. :)

Dominique @ Ohbeehave said...

Congrats on your book! That is awesome - amazing that you both wrote and illustrated. It sounds like a fantastic story :)

Melissa Castan said...

Congratulations on your accomplishment! It sounds like a great book!

Veronika Sykorova said...

Omg congratulations! That's so cool that you published your own book! :)

jillconyers said...

Congratulations! That is so cool. Your accomplishment is admirable.

L said...

Congratulations! That's so cool! I'll be checking it out - I teach elementary school, so I'm always looking for fun new books!

StephTheBookworm said...

Amazing! Huge congrats!

Kynia said...

GIRL. look at you go! I'm heading over to amazon now to purchase it. I LOVE your ambition! can't wait to read it xX

Whit said...

Congrats! This book sounds so fun!

Bethany Carson said...

Congratulations Rachel! Writing a book is quite the undertaking. I know I loved your first one!

Jennifer Corter said...

CONGRATULATIONS on your book! That is amazing. Also, it sounds so interesting that I want to read it! :D

Lianne @ makes, bakes and decor said...

Comgratulations! What an achievement!. Writing a kids book sounds like such a fun thing to do and I'm sure my little boy would love Ty's adventures
Lianne | Makes, Bakes and Decor

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Rachel! That's AWESOME! Congratulations on this!!

Farrah said...

That is the cutest cactus ever! <3 I love the title of the book, haha. Super super congrats to you! :]!

Tayler Morrell said...

Congrats! How cool!

Stephanie Wilson said...

What a cute little cactus! Congratulations on your new book! I'll recommend it to anyone and everyone with kids! Great job!

Nina W said...

YAY I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS. I have a monthly book budget. . . and I think I've reached my budget for this month, so I will have to buy next time our book club reads a book I already own! This is so exciting. I just watched your interview, and it made me EVEN MORE excited about this book.

Lynn The Surnameless One said...

One giant high five! Sounds really imaginative and unique. (Cockroach gossip!?! So funny and shudder-inducing!).