This is a blog by Champ, the rescued dog that survived terrible abuse to become an icon of hope to many, and a symbol that there are better tomorrows after the storm. Champ owes his survival to SAFE Rescue, a California no-kill shelter that nursed him back to health. Champ is a 'pawthor' now, having written his own book Champ: My Story of Survival, with his biodographer, Fiona Ingram. Champ hopes to stop animal abuse and help people love animals everywhere.
Monday, September 8, 2014
The Shambelurklers Return!
Yay! Can you believe it? My super-hero short story
in Champ: My Story of Survival is featured in a great new kids’ book. I am so
proud and honored to be a contributing Pawthor because the proceeds from this
book go to help kids with autism. Let me tell you all about it.
Oooh! They look scary!!!
Five years ago, a friend alerted Marit Meredith to the work
done by NAS (the National Autistic Society) The Early Bird Plus program, which
had provided invaluable help for her friend’s grandson - and the idea of
publishing an anthology to raise money for this cause was born. With a network
of writer friends throughout the world, submissions soon came in, from as far
afield as India and Australia, and Shambelurkling and Other Stories was
published through Lulu (print on demand) in 2009.
Last year, after receiving an update on the work NAS
undertakes through the helpline, Marit again sent out a call for submissions,
hoping to produce another children’s book in the series. Again writers from
near and far came up trumps, and on September 1st, The
Shambelurklers Return was published. In the first week, close on £100 was made
in royalties, which will all go to the NAS Helpline.
If you’re wondering what or who the Shambelurklers are, the
Shambelurklers was the name given to the monsters lurking in wardrobes, under
beds and behind doors, by a writer friend, Rosa Johnson, when her children were
small, and in the poem she wrote the myth of the monsters melt away, only to
make room for another, more fun one. The poem is in the first book, with the
original version opening the second, current book.
Here's me in the dark, checking to see if any Shambelurklers are lurking...
The Shambelurklers Return is a children’s book of stories
and poems, for the age range 6-12, published by Marit Meredith who lives in
Clydach, under the name Midnight Scribblers Publishing. It is available from Lulu
for £5.99 – and will soon be available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Nook etc.
Please help autistic kids by purchasing this fabulous book.
You can also leave a review on the purchase site to encourage more people to
buy and enjoy this marvellous collection. PS: Don’t be scared of the Shambelurklers
… you just give a loud woof and they will run away!