Stephan J Myers is a best-selling children’s book author with the simple vision of creating books for children that bring the magic of illustration and rhyme to life. His ability to combine the two has won him a following of children and adults all over the world. Although Myers is a best-selling author, he gives most of his books away. Check out his website for purchase information.
I was first drawn to Myers by his very haunting tale of Christmas, THE PRAYER. We became friends on Facebook and I’ve followed his creation of a trilogy of fairytales: The Book of Dreams which includes THE COLOUR RED, THE COLOUR BLUE, and THE COLOUR GOLD.
In THE PRAYER a homeless boy is invited by a ghost to view the opulence of Christmas. This is not the re-telling of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL—far from it! The story left me with a much deeper and unforgettably haunting impression that I have so much and give or care so little for those in need. The illustrations beautifully convey the warmth and happiness this little boy so desperately covets. THE PRAYER is a children’s book beautifully written for adults as well.
THE COLOUR RED is a fascinating tale of a little girl (Loss de Plott) who loves to draw. When she draws a man with a red hat, he comes alive and presents her with a book of blank pages and encourages her to fill the pages with her dreams. “For when red you draw, in a book of dreams, a simple drawing is not what it seems.”
In THE COLOUR BLUE Loss meets a blue-eyed witch, a skeleton, and a boy made of straw. When she does not immediately draw in her magical book of dreams with the blue pen that was offered her, strange things begin to happen. Through all the magic, the lesson to be learned is that promises must be kept. "It was then Loss knew there were words unspoken: that promises made must never be broken."
In THE COLOUR GOLD Loss and her teddy bear “Ted” discover that books and words inside them are more precious than gold. This is my favorite book of the trilogy because as a reader and writer I know that books take us to unknown and magical places.
Thank you, Stephen, for sharing your light and never letting the magic fade.