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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

'Hyper Harry' is now available in paperback, too!

I introduced this cover when I first created it and prepped it for Kindle, but I didn't really air a pet peeve I had about it, and books with covers like it, or rather, like the cover it used to have, at the time.

When planning the cover art for Hyper Harry, the author and I both felt less would be more. It had been published before with a seemingly less/more cover, but that cover just resulted in being more less and less more.

Now, my readers know me. Rarely do I bash another artist's or publisher's work. And by itself, the cover wasn't bad as far as design went. It just didn't tell the story. It didn't convey the mood. Or, at the very least, it conveyed the wrong mood.

I know there are a lot of schools of though out there about what a cover should be, what it should do. In my view, a cover should tell the viewer, at a glance, what the book is about. It should tell the reader the genre, portray the over all mood or conflict, and most importantly, it should demand the reader's attention.

Let's see how I did:

Not even asking about aesthetic (which isn't always important, and isn't my point here),  did I portray the genre? Check! It's a kid's book, either MG or Early Reader. Why do I say that? Simple, the age of the characters.

Did I portray the mood or conflict? I see it, but I know what the book is about ... lol. Before you read ahead, write down the mood or conflict you see, and we'll see if I hit it or not after you know more about the book.

Lastly, does it grab your attention? Are you curious enough to pick up the book and maybe flip it over to read the blurb or open it to read the first few pages? Again, you'll have to tell me how I scored. My guess is, if you bother to read further, that is the equivalent of 'flipping it over' ...lol.

Of course, it would be in bad taste for me to show the old publisher's cover here, as I am bashing it, but those that are terribly interested, it can still be found on Amazon if you do a search for Hyper Harry.

doop dee doop dee doo ... la dee daa dee daa ...

 I see you have decided to continue to read. So, check! You want to find out what the book is about, now. Without further a due, and since I have proven that I at least have scored 2 out of 3 on the cover art and design, I re-introduce Hyper Harry:

Note from the author: 
Having a child with ADHD can affect the whole family. HYPER HARRY, for kids 8-12, and is now available on Amazon.com as a paperback and Kindle book. Try reading it as a family. It can make things better.

Sixth-grader Ted Cheltoni has had it with his little brother Harry. The kid is noisy, hyper, forgetful, doesn't finish his work at school and can't clean up his room at home. Ted, his parents, and the school try everything from Time Out to behavior/work programs and counseling, but nothing helps for long. Soon, Ted's parents are fighting so much about how to help Harry that Ted's afraid they'll get a divorce! When Harry gets suspended from school and kicked off the bus for a week, his parents have to take time off to take care of him and transport him to school. Soon Ted finds Harry packing to leave home to “make things easier” on Mom and Dad. He can't believe it. His little brother thinks he’s so bad he has to run away from home? He's got to help Harry, and fast. But how?

HYPER HARRY, a work of fiction appropriate for kids 8-12 and reluctant readers, provides three end pages: “10 Tips for Kids with ADHD”, “10 Tips for Parents of Kids with ADHD”, and an “Information and Support” list of helpful resources.

The author, Patricia H. Aust, has served on the Connecticut Task Force on ADHD, the Board of Directors of Learning Disabilities of CT, and has worked in public schools with many kids and teens who have ADHD.

“Written from the viewpoint of a 12-year-old boy...this book helps children understand they are not alone in dealing with a sibling with ADHD. (It has) friends, a girlfriend, trouble with a bully at school and other adventures to keep the story from focusing strictly on ADHD. HYPER HARRY can help siblings gain a better understanding of ADHD, why their sibling may act sometimes in irrational ways, and why it is important to work together as a family to solve problems.”
Eileen Bailey of About.com/ADHD.
“This warm and understanding book is for all the Harry's in the world, but also for the Teds—  the siblings who live through it with Harry.” 
Doris Anne Hauptman, 
former Program Director of Learning Disabilities of CT.

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (January 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468006185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468006186

By the way, how'd I score on the mood/conflict? Did I hit it?

Until next time...
Aidana WillowRaven

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