Captain Disaster - Book One

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CAPTAIN DISASTER IS BORN!

Please visit www.captaindisasterbook.com Last spring I stumbled across a middle-grade children's book called Kevin's Point of View. It was self-published by author Del Shannon and everything about the project was amateurish, except the story - which was fabulous. Kids loved it, the blogosphere reviewers adored it, and teachers were reading it aloud in their classrooms. Without having a clue what he was doing Del quickly had nearly a thousand books in circulation. That's when he came to me asking what to do next. 

Totally charmed by the story, I agreed to work with Del to bring the project to a more professional level. I tightened up the manuscript, I hired a terrific young artist in England to illustrate it, and I re-designed the entire book bringing it down from 400-plus pages to a little over half that. I also renamed it Captain Disaster, which is the main character's alter ego. 
 
Captain Disaster is actually a four-book series, fully plotted and very creatively conceived. In Book One: The Influxitron we meet Kevin Tobin, a relatively ordinary twelve-year-old who is dealing with the aftermath of his father's death in a mountain bike accident near their home in Boulder, Colorado. To escape from his emotional turmoil, Kevin has developed his imagination into a dangerous foil and a powerful ally. While he antagonizes everyone around him through his superhero antics, his ability to escape as Captain Disaster becomes critical to his survival after his life is once again turned upside down a year after his father's death. A mysterious package containing the Influxitron arrives by mistake (or fate?) in the mail and suddenly Kevin and his best friend Tony are being hunted down by a ruthless villain set upon world domination. The boys enlist Kevin's teenage sister and her pizza-delivery boyfriend in a battle for control over "time" itself, and in the end Kevin's whole existence is revealed to him by a source we never expected.
 
There are probably a gazillion titles that have tried to lay claim to being the next Harry Potter or Wimpy Kid phenom, but this book is actually that good. And it's way more than "just" a four-book read; it's a movie, an app, an ebook, a podcast, an action figure, a viral event waiting to happen. It's a concept rooted in the notion that it's okay to daydream, to escape from reality when the need arises, and to revel in the delicious joy of unfettered imagination. We already know kids love this book and relate strongly to the ethos of Captain Disaster. Now we want to champion this idea on a big level.
 
Below are examples of the book's wonderful line art by British artist Dan Chernett, which - along with his cover above - bring the exciting adventures of Captain Disaster and friends so very much alive.