Have you heard about this new genre that can help kids (and adults t00) get even more interested in reading? It’s called illustra-novella, which combines both traditional text and art in the graphic-novel sense.
This new genre is as cool as the man who coined the term. A motorcyclist and former rock band roadie turned Anglican minister, Graham Peter (G. P.) Taylor has been hailed as “hotter than Potter” and “the new C. S. Lewis” in the United Kingdom. And he has cemented this status with his new series, The Dopple Ganger Chronicle.
Through the wonders of technology, we got to do an email interview with G.P Taylor and talked to him about the power of the illustra-novella and about how parents can help their kids fall in love with reading. Here is an excerpt of that interview. Full article will be posted soon!
What led you to creating this new genre “illustra-novella”?
So many children I met just didn’t want to read chapter books. They felt that they did not fit in to a visually based age. I wanted to get back to a book that read like watching a movie so that children would be interested. It has certainly worked with this one. Even reluctant readers are enjoying the books.
What inspired you to “introduce an image-driven generation to the benefits of reading”?
I didn’t start reading until I was 15. I lost out so much . I want everyone to experience the joy of a good book. Reading is so important as it expands the mind and helps us to understand the world in which we live. It excites the imagination.
Because fantasy is such a pervasive genre with young people right now, is there a danger that “reality-based” fiction would be a thing of the past for the kids? What are the benefits of the fantasy genre that can help kids become better people?
I think we have to be very careful with fantasy as some of the books offered are not very wholesome and cover quite negative subjects. With DGC children are in safe hands. They do not lose the excitement but the core values of the book are honest and pure. They focus on friendship and overcoming adversity.
Any tips on how the parents can get their child reading?
The best thing for a parent to do is to read with their child. It shows that they care. If a story is shared then it can be enjoyed together. A parent who reads is a good role model for any child.
Are there any new story ideas rattling in your head after you finish the Dopple Ganger Chronicles?
Well, it looks like the DGC will be made into a 100 episode cartooon series and then a live action film. The Movie people don’t want me to stop at 6 books as the franchise will have only just started.
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What starts out as a normal day in Isambard Dunstan’s School for Wayward Children turns into a mad dash for Eric and twins Sadie and Saskia as they are pursued by madmen, wild dogs, treasure seekers, and an otherworldly visitor with a secret message.
Famed explorer and former thief Eric Morrisey Ganger and his mischievous sidekicks, twins Sadie and Saskia Dopple discover a whole new world beyond Isambard Dunstan’s School for Wayward Children and take the readers on an adventure through the new genre “illustra-novella” – a combination of art and traditional text.
You can download the sample chapter here!
The Dopple Ganger Chronicles Vol 1 The First Escape is available at all OMF Lit Bookshops,nationwide for only P395.
Watch out for Book 2: The Secret of the Indigo Moon, coming really really soon! In the meantime, you can read the first chapter for free!
Or watch the book trailer here