Alexander and the Curly Wurly Caterpillar
As I write this, we are officially into the third lockdown in the UK. The first lockdown from March 2020 proved to be a challenging time for most. Some businesses were suffering, some needed to adapt and some people had more time. I was juggling homeschooling with the launch of a new local business venture. As well as trying hard to keep up with my blog.
As the months passed and we found ourselves back in lockdown, I’ve noticed that there are so many creatives out there. People who’ve turned hobbies into businesses and used this time wisely. Even with the juggle, they’ve stayed positive and determined.
Very recently, I was gifted an e-book to share with my six year old daughter. Of course I was excited to read her a new story – as she loves bedtime reading. The book called ‘Alexander and the Curly Wurly Caterpillar’ (which is such a fabulous title) was written by Chris Quirk – a Dad from Shenfield in Essex. What I found different about this though, was the story behind the story.
Chris Quirk actually wrote ‘Alexander and the Curly Wurly Caterpillar’ after graduating from University. He had spent some time writing poems and stories after completing an intensive course. However, he completely forgot about the children’s book he had written until he was reading to his own daughter years later. Having a child to read to every day inspired him to revisit the story he wrote, revamp it and get it published again.
Chris then wanted others to love the book too, so kindly gifted e-books to parents. This personal approach showed how passionate he is about his work and the ideas he has for more stories.
When I downloaded the e-book, the first thing I noticed was how colourful it all was. Eva loved looking at each page and listening to the story of the cheeky main character, written in rhyme. Alexander was a little boy who was always into trouble. It tells a tale of how losing his favourite ball lands him into bother. It then brings him to meet an intriguing curly wurly caterpillar.
As Eva is a child who is also into everything, she was very interested to hear how Alexander was going to get himself out of mischief!
We read the story a couple of times, but I also purchased the physical copy. It looks bright and colourful on Eva’s bookcase. I also like to hold a book when I read, rather than read off a screen. She can then flick through the pages in bed by herself before going off to sleep.
The Alexander Books
As you reach the end of the book, you can see that there are more characters. This is the first of a series of books which will feature Alexander’s sister and his friends. Two stories will be published this year, 2021, and two more next year and there are plans for ten books in total.
I shall definitely keep an eye out for the next books to be published.
Follow thealexanderbooks on Instagram, and find a link to the online book store.