What would my book characters do in isolation? Amusing imaginings by Felice Arena, author of The Besties series

What would my book characters do in isolation? Amusing imaginings by Felice Arena,  author of The Besties series

Last week two new titles in my Besties series released into the world. In this series junior readers follow the everyday lives of best friends Ruby and Oliver.

Hmm…  everyday lives?

I wrote these books BC – that is, Before Corona. But now, in these AC times – Amid Corona our everyday lives have really changed.

A friend asked me how I thought my book characters might be handling these trying times in isolation. Good question. ‘Many of them would be climbing the walls by now,’ I answered. ‘I reckon Specky Magee’s mother has finally had enough of him kicking a nerf football around the house and taking specky marks over the couch.’

As for the Besties, well, my mind goes to the precocious Ruby. In the books I don’t reveal a lot about the Besties’ extended families, but I thought it would be fun to do so here, to dip into their isolation world. I’ve reimagined this slice of quarantine life in the form of a television script.

So here goes…

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Publisher details

The Besties Show and Smell
Authors
Felice Arena, Tom Jellett
Publisher
Penguin
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
07 January, 2020

Synopsis

From the author and illustrator of the popular Sporty Kids books comes an exciting new beginner-reader series that celebrates the everyday adventures – at school, at home, in the backyard, even in the living room! A funny, sweet series about kids being kids, where imagination and play rule! Oliver and Ruby have been besties forever . . . Ruby is so looking forward to Show and Tell, but the teacher is away and it looks like she’ll miss out. Plus, the besties won’t get to see what Zac’s talent is – it’s bound to be really funny and gross! Can they turn a very bad day into the very best?

Publisher details

The Besties to the Rescue
Authors
Felice Arena, Tom Jellett
Publisher
Penguin
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
07 January, 2020

Synopsis

From the author and illustrator of the popular Sporty Kids books comes an exciting new beginner-reader series that celebrates the everyday adventures – at school, at home, in the backyard, even in the living room! A funny, sweet series about kids being kids, where imagination and play rule! Oliver and Ruby have been besties forever . . . Oliver is trying to record Ruby’s awesome trampoline flips in slow-mo, but he captures something else too. Cutie Pie, the cat from next door, is pouncing on a bird’s nest! The baby bird is too young to fly. Will the besties be the best bird-parents ever?
Felice Arena
About the author

Felice Arena

Felice Arena is one of Australia's best-loved children's writers. He is the author and creator of many popular and award-winning children's books for all ages, including Whippersnapper, the bestselling Specky Magee books and the popular Andy Roid series. For more information about Felice and his books visit his website at: felicearena.com

Books by Felice Arena

Tom Jellett
About the author

Tom Jellett

Tom Jellett is an Australian illustrator based in Sydney. Tom has been an editorial illustrator for News Limited, working on The Australian, The Weekend Australian and The Daily Telegraph.He has also illustrated a number of books for children, including Australia at The Beach by Max Fatchen, The Littlest Pirate series by Sherryl Clark for Penguin Books, The Gobbledygook is Eating A Book by Justine Clarke and Arthur Baysting, My Dad Thinks He’s Funny by Katrina Germein and the follow up My Dad Still Thinks He’s Funny for Walker Books.Tom has also been included in the Editorial and Book category for Illustrators 53, exhibited at the Society of Illustrators, New York in 2011 and 2013. He was also included in Communication Arts Illustration Annual 2012, 3×3 Children’s Show No. 9, and was also Highly Commended in the 2013 Illustrators Australia Awards.

Books by Tom Jellett

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