Beacher Barbara Dingle has written the first of a planned series of children’s books based on her experiences with her own grandchildren, as well as a character named YumTum.
Apple Saucy!, illustrated by Andrea Dedrick, focuses on the joys of Grammie making healthy, tasty apple sauce with grandchildren Livvie and Liam – along with help from the mischievous YumTum, of course.
Filled with colourful art, the book also adds interactive elements for young readers. At one point, children are asked to find all the apples on a page. In another section, YumTum teaches the children a song about apples (music and words are included at the end). And of course, there’s Grammie’s own recipe for apple sauce, in case families reading the book want to truly immerse themselves in the experience.
Apple Saucy! is the first of a planned series of children’s books from Dingle, whose son Geremy serves as artistic director. Dingle is no stranger to publishing, having worked as a writer for more than 30 years. She may be best known for her work writing about design and décor with Debbie Travis.
Apple Saucy! is available locally at The Great Escape (957 Kingston Rd.), Pippins Tea Company (2098 Queen St. E.), and Ella Minnow Children’s Bookstore (1915 Queen St. E.).
Local entrepreneur Beizhan Liu has written two books, both available online and published in both English and Chinese.
Liu, a Chinese Canadian, is the owner of Dragon Eye System Company. He is also a prolific weekend author, writing articles ranging from world security issues all the way down to local traffic management.
Bird View, published just before the New Year, is a collection of 55 essays. Topics include the possibility of an Asian Union, an Asian Security Council, ideas for an Internet Kingdom (including related pieces on internet citizenship and passports), cross border resource disputes, and his ideas for solutions to international conflicts.
The more recent of his two books, Heaven Ideal, covers topics like city management, traffic, planning, government operations and more. Liu’s management theories will, he believes, lead to a better-managed city, country, and economy.