World of Ink virtual book tour stops into Strands of Thought this week to introduce us to picture book author, Jan Britland. Let’s learn more about Jan.
Jan Britland is an author and artist. She lives in Punta Gorda, Florida with her husband Bill. They have a bulldog named Madison, a parrot named Lola, three red-eared slider turtles named Sparky, Luigi and hale. And last but not least Goldie a pond fish. All of whom are portrayed in her stories. When she is not writing Children's books, she teaches oil painting to adults. You can reach Jan through her website, www.rodgerdodgerdog.com
Jan currently has four Rodger Dodger Dog books published:
The Adventures of Rodger Dodger Dog is a three story book following the adorable Rodger Dodger Dog as he meets a new friend, saves a stranded fish and battles the dreaded flea. Written in rhyme with action packed illustrations it is sure to delight your child.
The Adventures of Rodger Dodger Dog, Rodger Meets Dr. Glee. Rodger Dodger Dog wakes up one day not feeling well at all. His tongue feels very large and his head feels very small. Find out what is wrong with Rodger and how his friends help him get well.
The Adventures of Rodger Dodger Dog, Rodger Saves Bunny. Rodger finds Bunny passed out in the woods. He takes him home and nurses him back to health only to find out Bunny is terrified of him. What Rodger finds out from Bunny is a surprise even Rodger didn't see coming!
The Adventures of Rodger Dodger Dog, A Christmas Story. Rodger and his pals put up their first Christmas tree. After decorating it with handmade ornaments and exchanging gifts on Christmas morning they come to realize that of all the gifts you can get Friends and Family are the Best
Kai: What age range is your books for?
Jan: pre-school to first grade
Kai: Can you share a memory of yours or a story of you from when you were that age?
Jan: Back when I was in first grade westerns were the rage and we used to play cowboys and Indians running around our block. This was in the fifties. The Wonder Bread representative would come to our school and we each got a mini-loaf of Wonder Bread. It was so special I never wanted to open it up. I wanted it to last forever. The Weiner mobile would come to our school and we would all get a Weiner whistle. But the best of all was the Duncan Yoyo person. He would do the most amazing tricks with the Yoyo.
Kai: Fun! The Weiner mobile visited my town a couple of weeks ago. Still giving out whistles. Jan, how has life changed for children today than when you were that age?
Jan: We had to entertain ourselves by reading a book, playing board games, or outside running around. It was a big thing to get a new toy. We didn’t have TV until I was 7 years old. Now the children have all sorts of electronics, TV’s in their rooms, computers and Wii’s. I think things go faster today. The children today are much more advanced than we were. We also were more innocent as children. We never dreamed there would be a man on the moon. We have come a long way. We have lost some things yes, but we have gained so much more.
Kai: How is life still the same?
Jan: Children still do all the things we did but now they have more options.
Kai: What was your favorite toy or activity when you were that age?
Jan: I had a red wagon and all of the neighborhood children would take turns pulling each other through the neighborhood. It was wonderful.
Kai: What inspired your books and how did you decide on this age range for them?
Jan: As I drove my children to school we would pass a beagle dog chained to a tree. Some days he was up in the tree. I started to make up stories about his adventures up in the tree and beyond. I started calling him Rodger Dodger Dog. I am dyslexic and I rhymed the stories so I could remember them from day to day. When my daughter had children of her own she asked me to write down the stories she loved to hear as a child for her children. They are The Adventures of Rodger Dodger Dog. They are written in rhyme with action-packed colorful illustrations children love.
Kai: Finally, I have four kids. Over the years, they’ve attended a lot of birthday parties. I love the idea of building a theme gift around a book. If you were to give a gift basket to a child based on your book, what else would be in the basket besides the Rodger Dodger Dog Series?
Jan: All four books of course, and an autographed picture of Rodger Dodger Dog. Children love the Rodger Dodger Dog tee shirt. I would also include the dog, cat and bunny wood cutouts from Michaels Arts and Crafts. They are the perfect shape for Rodger Dodger Dog, Mack the Cat and Bunny. Some acrylic paints to paint them and last but not least some stickers of Rodger Dodger Dog and all his pals.
Thank you for inviting me on your blog.
The Adventures of Rodger Dodger Dog, 1st book trailer
Thank you, Jan, for visiting today. Readers, be sure to visit her website for more information about the Rodger Dodger Dog book series and follow her on her WOI book tour!