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About James O. Youngcliff
Originally from New York City, he lives in Dade City, FL now and when not writing, he oil paints, draws and exhibits in art galleries throughout his home state.
An Elusive Singularity Look at this Fiction Writer
"I feel that it is so dismissive when you ask me to explain my writing philosophy when in truth, I don't know; for every author is a story on to himself."
In fictional author, James O. Youngcliff, we see a reclusive person, particularly when it comes to discussing his writing, and his unwillingness or perhaps inability to explain his work when asked. He defends his lack of intellectual bravado by admitting, "The literary world wants to define everything and everyone and archive it away in the anuses of posterity... that's not where I don't want to live!"
One positive takeaway after meeting the author is that he is friendly and unabated when it comes to talking about his kids and grandkids. Much of his children's work comes from the enjoyment of interacting with them, which he said gave rise to his BluBerrie series chapter books and jump-started his writing career.
"We're all pilgrims on the road to a better place." -- James O. Youngcliff
If you enjoy storytelling then BluBerrie's illustrated and fun filled chapter adventures places young minds on a rollercoaster ride path to growing, sharing, responsibility, and imagination.
BluBerrie is a mischievous little turtle that gets into a lot of fun situations and hilarious predicaments. However, in almost every event, she helps the young listeners to love the characters as they go through many adventures that require choices; some good, some not.
In "The Party," we also discover, how far BluBerrie goes to upturn the lives of these young kids by being a member of their family of friends. Hopping and jumping in and out of extraordinary and seemingly impossible thought provoking challenges, she sets the stage for the listener's imagination to take off and fill in the gaps.
The surprise ending will leave the young listeners laughing and wanting more BluBerrie stories. Start owning The BluBerrie Series today with "The Party." And also look for our next adventure, "BluBerrie: The Pond".
A Great Gift for Storytellers and Their Family
BluBerrie chapter books are meant to be read aloud. Scattered throughout, one will find easily highlighted breaks to allow for questions, responses and interaction from the listeners. The reader is encouraged to add their own breaks and comments to motivate the young listeners to participate. Here's a tip the author uses: "I stop reading and then ask a question, 'Does anyone care to find out what happens next?'"
Have fun reading aloud with the new BluBerrie Series of Children's Books.
- A larger format book
- Fifteen Illustrations (Available for sale, on first come biases. For more info go to BluBerrieBooks.com)
- Chapter Book
The last thing Todd Paul wants to do with his summer is spend it in forced isolation with his parents at The Survivalist’s Paradise, a woodsy vacation retreat for the old and the wealthy. In the year 2078, space shuttles offer much more interesting trips for a teenager, but his parents insist upon staying in Old’s Ville. What’s worse is that Todd will have to see Colonel T, the strange old man who owns the camp. The colonel gave Todd a bizarre gift last year: a nasty pickle jar and a sinister warning to fill it with fresh water, or bad things would happen.
Todd didn’t pay much attention to the colonel’s warning—but now that he’s back at camp, that mistake comes back to haunt him. The more he learns about the colonel, the jar, and the disturbing creature inside it, the closer he comes to uncovering a horrible truth about his parents and himself.
Unseal the jar, and seal your fate…
FREE YUMMY GOODIES AT THE CANDY-STORE!
Sweets are a great enticement for the BluBerrie kids to join Cindy Sue, in another hilarious adventure with Jimmy Boyd 's tiny, tiniest pet turtle, BluBerrie, at her father's candy store. But an unexpected black-out puts a damper on the festive activities, and they soon find themselves with no adult to ease their fears. Almost immediately, they hear a mysterious sound coming from the basement, and of course, Cindy Sue takes charge of the investigation. While others, at first, remain uncertain whether to join in the exploration, the schoolmates eventually stick together to overcome the challenges Cindy Sue encourages them to face. We also learn our mischievous tiny, tiniest of turtles continues to help young listeners, with her uncanny ability to get into trouble. And thus, indirectly uncovering what it means to be a leader, working together for a higher purpose, and the value of exploring the unknown.
"The Candy-Store", the third book in the BluBerrie Series, is a colorfully illustrated fun-filled chapter book for children. Within it, the stage is set to allow the young listeners, ample opportunity throughout the reading, to exercise their imaginations and participate by adding to the storytelling process. It includes an ending that will leave the young listeners wondering and seeking more BluBerrie adventures.
Included in the new BluBerrie: "The Candy-Store" chapter book:
• Ten full-color illustrations throughout to help visualize the characters in action (Drawn by the author himself, a surrealist painter and illustrator)
• Plus highlighted breaks for reader enhancement in a larger formatted book
• A great gift for storytellers.
BluBerrie chapter books are best read aloud by an adult to the child. Scattered throughout, the highlighted breaks allows for questions, responses, and interaction between the listeners and the reader. The reader is encouraged to add their own breaks and comments to motivate the children to take part or to help with answering questions.
Have fun reading aloud "The Candy-Store," the newest chapter book in the BluBerrie series for children.
“The Pond,” is the second book in the BluBerrie Series. We discover how far BluBerrie goes to upturn the lives of these young kids by being a member of their family of friends. Hopping and jumping in and out of extraordinary and impossible thought-provoking challenges, she sets the stage for the listener's imagination to take off and fill in the gaps. In this book, BluBerrie becomes homesick and visits her old pond. Once there, she discovers a big surprise is waiting for her. All the cast of characters you loved in the first book, Jimmy and Cindy Sue and her friends, from “The Party” are here to add to the thrills and excitement.
Once again, the author delights in providing a surprise ending that will leave the young listeners wondering and wanting more BluBerrie stories. “The Pond” has many more colorful illustrations throughout to help youngsters with the visualization of the characters and action. All drawn by the author himself, a surrealist painter and illustrator.
-- A Great Gift for Storytellers and Their Family --
BluBerrie chapter books are best read aloud by an adult. Scattered throughout, one will find highlighted breaks to allow for questions, responses, and interaction from the listeners. It encourages the reader to add their own breaks and comments to motivate the young listeners to take part. Here's a tip the author uses: "I stop reading and then ask a question, 'Does anyone care to find out what happens next?'"
Have fun reading aloud the new BluBerrie Series of Children's Books.