Monster Detective Jason Edwards, author of the critically acclaimed and fun children’s novel Will Allen and the Great Monster Detective (ISBN 978-0-9789512-0-7, Rogue Bear Press, 2007) is continuing his search for monsters in the New York City area this month by investigating the Barnes and Noble in Yonkers. The bookstore has determined that they may be infected with monsters and have called upon Edwards to perform a StoryPlay along with signing copies of the book to help rid the bookstore of the monsters. The bookstore is putting out an “all call” bulletin for children in the area and the young at heart to come and help Edwards pursue the hidden monsters and acquire their own copy of the book that has helped children all over the country overcome monsters.
“The monsters that have been reported at this Barnes and Noble are very tricky and skilled at evading pursuit,” said Edwards, who is also a teacher. “I will need all the assistance I can obtain from the children in the area to apprehend the monsters.”
StoryPlays are designed for ages three through eight. StoryPlay is an interactive storytelling program that even younger children can participate in. Children become part of the story themselves, choose their roles, and make up their own lines for the characters. Reading skills are not required for participation. The facilitator tells the story and cues each participant when it is time to perform his/her lines until the story reaches its climax. The program ends with the children being commissioned as deputy detectives in the Monster Detective Agency, certifying that they have demonstrated bravery in the face of fear. The program is tied in with Edward’s book, Will Allen and the Great Monster Detective.
“I designed the programs so that children are having fun without realizing they are learning in the process,” said Edwards.
Additional information on Edwards, the Will Allen series, and all the programs including how one can become an associate member of the Monster Detective Agency can be found at www.monsterdetectiveagency.com. (laurenpadgett)