The Story behind "Nick, Mike & Ziva the Zebra"
When my boys were about 3 and 6, we made up this bedtime story, and we would add to it most nights. It got more fun every time we told it.
Since I found myself with a bit of extra time during the Covid 19 quarantine, I was able to finish writing and illustrating it. Originally, I planned to just make books for my family, but everyone I have shown it to wanted copies. So, it is published and all proceeds go to charity.
Synopsis: Ziva is is an innovative, interactive book that kids can play along with, and they are encouraged to come up with their own ideas. It is about two brothers who go out on an adventure and meet a zebra that they name Ziva. They share their snacks with her and fun things start to happen! The book includes a fun guessing game and some coloring pages so kids can draw their version of Ziva's transformation.
Please note that all proceeds will be donated to TheHeart Channels.org
It was so much fun to see the fun ideas this class came up with for Ziva.
IN THE WORKS
"Damn it Earl, stop throwing HOOGA HOOGA BALLS at the children"
This book is a tiny bit autobiography but mostly just plain fun. It is a collection of stories about my family and what it was like to grow up with "Earl the Pearl" and Shirl my Girl". Throw in a Greek Yai Yai and the stories get crazier and crazier.
I have completed most of the writing but I am have a long way to go on the illustrations.I am hoping to complete the book by the end of 2024 but it has been in the works for many years so don't hold your breath.