My boy Kris Saville has become a published children’s author. I wasn’t at all surprised. He has a way with words and humour. Oh yes! He has everyone rolling around laughing before the first drinks arrive. No surprise then that his first book, Pete Potts and the Petrifying Plughole is absolutely hilarious. Kris followed in my footsteps by choosing teaching as his career. But he has a mind of his own. I’d been telling him for years that he would make an excellent teacher but he took the scenic route while he made his mind up. As it says in his biography…
‘Kris gets bored easily. It is for that reason he has had lots of different jobs. In fact, he has had so many different jobs, he can’t remember them all, or, for that matter, whether he actually worked in all of these jobs, or just made some of them up.
These are the ones Kris thinks he did: A car washer, a burger cooker, a builder, a photographer, a box packer, a walnut trainer, an architect, a sea lion tamer, a document feeder (worst.job.ever …zzzzzzzz!), a dad (best.job.ever.), an ant farmer, a flux capacitor operator, a stamp licker, an as-tro-naught, an astro-turf, a nursery nurse, a teacher (otherwise known as a dream weaver), a light-sabre technician, a professional penguin rider and a Goonie.’
I had quite a long wait before Kris made up his professional mind. I suppose all kids need to experiment. Well, after some subtle persuasion, he eventually became a very dedicated and excellent teacher. I always knew he would. I would hear his conversations as he played with other children in the garden when he was only knee high to a grasshopper. Forever the peacemaker, he always tried to persuade other kids to reason with each other, to make up and be friends.
Kris has a wild and vivid imagination too. I rarely had to entertain him as a child. OK I had to take him to ‘TOY and HOBBY’ on a regular basis… it would have been every single Saturday if Kris had his way (which he often did!) but once he added that new toy to his collection of Star Wars, Masters of the Universe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or whatever, that was it. He would entertain himself for hours, waving light sabres around or battling with some ‘baddie’ or other apparently lurking behind the sofa. There would be constant ‘acting voices’ resounding around the house. ‘Look out Indie!’ ‘By the Power of Grey skull!’ ‘Dadadaddadada…Superman!’ He could entertain himself as a boy and now he is using that skill to entertain others.
Pete Potts and the Petrifying Plughole is a book I’d have bought for Kris when he was around 7-8 years of age, if some genius had written it back then. Kris was a very reluctant reader. In fact the only thing I could get him to read for pleasure was ‘The Beano’. He loved Denis the Menace. I decorated his bedroom in Denis the Menace everything. I even painted an old cupboard of my grandmother’s red, black and white with Denis and Nasher on the doors. At least he was interested in reading about Denis the Menace. It was a start.
Now Kris has written Pete Potts and the Petrifying Plughole with reluctant readers in mind. However, it is suitable for all abilities and a fun read for all children.
I’ve just ordered my copy! I’m sure Kris will sign it for his mum and in return I shall be leaving my 5 star review on Amazon.
Well done my son! That’s my boy!
Your very proud mum xxx