A Perfect Little Girl with a Perfect Little Secret…
What would you do if everyone thought you were perfect, but you had a terrible secret? That’s just the beginning of the adventure in Joyce of Westerfloyce, The Story of the Tiny Little Girl with the Tiny Little Voice.
Children and adults alike will be instantly engaged by the delightful text which tells the humorous tale of Joyce, a flawless little girl whose seemingly perfect existence is about to be shattered by the terrible secret she keeps – she has the biggest, loudest, and most explosive burp in the whole world!
How the truth comes out and the resulting consequences propel the story forward and secure a spot for Joyce as a heroine that children will love and remember for years to come as Joyce is forced to confront the same dilemma that faces all children at one time or another. Will people still like her once they know the real Joyce?
The story, told in verse, appeals to both male and female readers. Girls love the fact that the story features a female heroine right from the beginning. As soon as boys find out that the heroine has an amazing burping ability, they are equally enthralled.
This a text only electronic version of a children’s picture book. There are no illustrations in this version.
Although Joyce of Westerfloyce can be read just for the pure fun of the story, this version also includes a section with suggestions for parents and teachers for using the ebook edition. This section contains discussion questions, reading comprehension questions, and a vocabulary list to assist adults in helping young readers get the most out of the text. There are also ideas to make the reading experience interactive.
The extra material is ideal for classroom settings, library settings, or as a resource for home schooling situations as well as for grandparents, babysitters, or parents who like to discuss stories in depth with children after reading them. The classic didactic theme allows for serious analysis if desired.
An interactive Table of Contents is included.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This is actually a funny story. I was working in a corporate job. One of my coworkers in another cubicle was a petite blonde woman. She would get cans of soda on her breaks and bring them back to her desk. A little while later, we would start to hear these crazy burps coming from her cubicle. Nobody could ever believe that the sounds were coming from her because she looked so dainty.
I took that idea to the extreme and made it fun for kids.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
After starting with the main character of Joyce as described in the previous question, the rest just fell into place as far as the types of people she would naturally run into in her town and on her adventures.
Once upon a time
In a village called Westerfloyce
There lived a tiny little girl
With a tiny little voice
She had a dainty blue dress
Which she wore by choice
She was always quite happy
So she earned the name of Joyce
Her skin was so soft
Her disposition calm and fair
Pretty pink ribbons
Adorned her long, golden hair
They assumed she had
Not a single vice
Made entirely of sugar
Sweetness and spice
But little did they know
About the secret she kept
Sometimes at night
She sat up and wept
What a sad sight
This beautiful creature with a tear in her eye
“How I wish to be normal,”
She’d wail and cry
“I wish I could swallow quietly
I really, truly do
But when I burp
It can be heard from here to Timbuktu!”
Matthew W. Grant is the author of several screenplays and novels in various genres including the Slaters Falls series and the Northbridge series.
Publishers Weekly declared Matthew’s novel, Secrets Of Slaters Falls, “Tragicomic deliciousness!” noting that the “Bawdy, snappy humor catches spark right away.” PW also noted the novel’s balance between “Class-conscious dirty realism and the prurience of nighttime soap operas.”
Secrets Of Slaters Falls achieved semifinalist status in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Matthew’s screenplay adaptation of his novel, Zach’s Secret, was a finalist in a contest sponsored by Script Magazine.
Matthew graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Education and Mass Communications earned after his thesis, Sex On Soap Operas, raised eyebrows and pulse rates on campus. His material has appeared on numerous websites and in two newspapers.
Like most writers, prior to writing full time, Matthew paid his dues in diverse corporate positions. He worked as a producer at an AM talk radio station where he interacted with local media celebrities and politicians.
His career progressed to Corporate Training and Corporate Purchasing. He worked for many years at an international Boston based bank in which his media skills were utilized in many ways including creating training manuals, writing/producing/directing/performing in corporate videos, and writing corporate-wide communications.
Later, as an Independent Purchasing Consultant, Matthew consulted for a company that was named to the Inc. 500 list of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies twice during his time working with them.
As a resident of New England and a fan of its spectacular fall foliage, Matthew sets many of his works in small New England towns. While they may look picture-perfect on the surface, you can be sure they are teeming with secrets underneath.
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