Guess Who’s Visiting

Brian Kristi Alex and Zach Dec 2015 Alex the Parrott with Dear Mask and Fireman's Hat

My son Brian, his wife Kristi, and our grandtwins Alex and Zach are in visiting! Happy days!

Alex loves “The purple hippo book” (my book titled Clyde and I Help a Hippo to Fly.) He’s asked me to read it to him any times since he arrived. Kristi says he asks her to read it over  and over again when they’re at home. (I LOVE to hear such things!) Kristi also suggested that I turn that book into a board book. When she reads it to Alex she has found the parts of the story that would be good for a board book with substantially less text for younger children. I think it’s a great idea and will attempt to find a printer that is willing to do board books at a reasonable cost. If I can, I’ll probably also turn Clyde and I and Misty Zebracorn into board books.

I have written books featuring Zach and my 3-year old grandson Thomas and have been attempting to come up with a story idea worthy  of featuring Alex and today came up with the idea that I could include Alex and a purple hippo in one of my latest children’s book projects, A Day in the Shade of a Tickletoe Tree. I’d set it aside for quite a while without really knowing why. Perhaps it was so I’d have the time to think of this idea. I plan to play with the idea for a while and see what, if anything, gels. I would probably create at least one version of it as a board book if possible. It seems the best format and construction for 2-3 year olds.

The photo on the left features (from left to right) Alex, Kristi, Brian and Zach. The one on the right is of Alex playing make-believe in his parrot wings, dear mask, and fire fighter’s  helmet. Kristi knew of been attempting to find a story to feature Alex in so she sent the photo to me saying said she thought it might make for good inspiration for ideas for a book featuring him.

With Love,



About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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10 Responses to Guess Who’s Visiting

  1. Beautiful family Russ! And I know those children are going to cherish your stories. I love that you made (will make) one special for each of them.

  2. ksbeth says:

    what a great looking bunch, and inspiration for sure! merry christmas to all of you, russ. you must be over the moon!

  3. misifusa says:

    Yippee! Have the best time with your family Russ!

  4. Joan says:

    What a grandpa you are! Writing books with your grandkids featured- how great is that?

  5. utesmile says:

    Lovely family Russ, enjoy them as much as you can !

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