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About the Author

Journalist and writer Emilie P. Bush has written two novels. Her first, Chenda and the Airship Brofman, was a "ripping good yarn!" and the tale was a 2010 Semi-finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The Gospel According to Verdu picks up the epic tale where Chenda left off - high in the skies. Her Majesty's Explorer is her first children's book, and Ms. Bush is thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with William Kevin Petty. Emilie P. Bush lives, laughs and writes in Atlanta.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Coal City Stories (February 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984902805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984902804
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,427,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Former Host of Georgia Public Radio's "Georgia Gazette" Emilie P. Bush has traded in writing the news for writing Steampunk. Her debut novel, Chenda and the Airship Brofman, sends Chenda and her companions up in the air, across a desert, through a mountain and under the sea in a thrilling adventure. Emilie P. Bush lives and writes in Atlanta. Currently, Emilie is writing the follow up to Chenda - Called The Gospel According to Verdu, and a modern mythological fantasy entitled Cryptid.

"I started in radio, writing and reading the news. The first national story I sold was when I was 19 years old, working in the WOUB news room in Athens, Ohio. A chemical plant in Belpre, Ohio, had exploded and I broke the story to NPR news. I decided two things on that day: I wanted to cover the arts (as I really felt AWFUL for being happy when lives had been lost) and I was in love with public radio. I worked on and off in radio for the next dozen years - Finally ending up at 'Georiga Gazette.' I left radio - perhaps for good, shortly after my daughter was born. After my second child came along, I started to have this feeling like, 'if I don't write a novel, I'll die a horrible death.' So I started writing, and what flowed out of me was Chenda and the Airship Brofman."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Leckwold on February 28, 2012
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I had the honor of reviewing Her Majesty's Explorer for my blog about two weeks before its release. It's a wonderful and charming children's story that is sure to appeal to everyone - steampunk or not! I even ordered a copy for my two young cousins so they can enjoy it too! Great job, Emilie and Kevin!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David M. Tyberg on February 28, 2012
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I love Emilie Bush's writing! Can't wait to check out what promises to be amazing illustrations and hand a few of these out to children of friends to get them started on steampunk right away!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Barth on February 28, 2012
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This is the most wonderful book! The illustrations are amazing, the storyline so sweet. A great introduction to kids (and adults) to Steampunk. And if you ask, what is Steampunk, it doesn't matter if you don't know. The book holds its own as the most charming children's book I have seen in years. And I love children's books. Your kids will thank you for buying them this book and you will love it too. EVERYONE loves Steampunk duck - a little extra perk in the book. Thanks Emilie and Kevin for such an amazing story and perfect illustrations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maryalice Tomoeda on March 18, 2012
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Best bedtime story ever. I've been waiting for a whimsical steampunk story for kids forever and the steamduck does it hands down. Captain Petty's artwork is breathtaking and beautiful and Miss Em's rhymes are outstanding. Makes one yearn to tromp through the unknown in serch of a steamduck of my very own. I bought one for all the little ones of my list and so far they've all been blown away! I highly recommend you bring the ducky home. Can't wait for the sequel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TrishN on February 28, 2012
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I don't have children, but I love this book! The artwork is beautiful and imaginative, and the theme is timeless. As a "grownup" I can relate to how tired a trek by myself in the day-to-day world can be and how welcome it is to finally collapse and recuperate at the end of a long day. St John Murphy Alexander reminds me that going home and taking care of myself is as important as doing a good job for others, and Emilie P. Bush and William Kevin Petty have colored my life with tenderness through their efforts. Three Cheers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marya Lloyd on May 14, 2012
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This was our first foray into the world of steampunk, but I needn't have worried that we would be lost; at its heart this is a wonderful story about a young adventurer and his travels. It captured my youngest (3) right away, as she is very imaginative, and my older daughter (5) just loved the illustrations. It was a great team effort to create a delightful bedtime story. Plus there's a bonus story at the end that has caused chants of "Steamduck!" to float downstairs from "rest time." Very, very enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neo & Kiz on March 17, 2012
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Bought the kindle version. Lovely story for the littlies, with some bigger words to stretch the reading ability. Oh, and Steamduck. Don't forget Steamduck.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Callahan on October 19, 2012
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I purchased "Her Majesty's Explorer" (along with the new "Steamduck Learns to Fly") for my soon-to-be-born son, as well as my 9 1/2-year-old son. Of course, I read the books first, and what a treat it was!

"Her Majesty's Explorer" is about an adventurous, but gentle, automaton named St. John Murphy Alexander. St. John's job is to explore for the Queen.

He sets out in the morning, clean and well-rested, and ready for weeks of exploration (he is an automaton, after all, and has no need to stop to rest like a human). During his adventure, he visits a variety of landscapes, meets all sorts of creatures, and pays attention to all the wonders of nature he sees.

Then he returns to his regiment to report his observations. After so many days of journeying, St. John needs to refresh himself with some nourishing oil and grease, clean his outfit, and get all the dust and dirt (even insects!) out of his gears. He finally crawls into bed for a good night's rest, dreaming of the wonders he encountered during his explorations. In the morning, he will wake up and do it once more.

This bedtime story captures the essence of what it is to be a child, wide-eyed and innocent, and seeing the world for the first time; how children have the energy to stay on the go all day long, seeing and doing all they can. It is a sweet tale, with lovely illustrations.

The cute little Steamduck appears at the end in a poem - another mechanical explorer determined to see the world. There is also a "Seek and Find" toward the back, so children can revisit the story and try to match up the pictures.

This lovely little work is not just an introduction to steampunk, but a tribute to the characteristically inquisitive nature of children.
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