The first of the six planned books in the Jacky Foster Adventures series.
At Jacky Foster's eighth birthday party, he is surprised when a statue of a gnome suddenly comes alive. The gnome asks Jacky to help his family who live in a faraway place called Gnomia. Jacky and his dog Sparky go off to help. When he returns home he discovers that the gnome statue suddenly runs off into the woods. But is it all just fanciful dreaming, or did his discovery really happen? Only Jacky Foster knows for certain.
"The Gnomes in the Trees" picture book is highly suitable for children up to 10 years of age. Rich in fantasy, full of magical moments, and brought to life with beautiful illustrations, it will capture the hearts and imaginations of children everywhere. Jacky Foster and his faithful dog Sparky will transport them into a captivating, wee world of friendly gnomes who live in a tree house in the faraway, mythical kingdom of Gnomia. All the excitement of adventure and exploration may take place in a far-off world, but for children, it's just a turn of a page away.
About the Author
C.L. Collyer, a penname for John Lofquist, was born in Canada in 1940. Raised and schooled in Toronto, he spent a great deal of his early career travelling the world extensively; an experience that helped shaped his penchant for writing. Married with children, grandchildren and stepchildren he moved to and settled in the United States in the late 1970s, relocating to Florida in 1986. As a young boy he read a great deal. starting his passion for reading with the Hardy Boy s detective series. In school, English composition and literature soon became his favorite subject. My primary interest is in writing books for children. Nothing in the world makes me happier than to see a child laugh or sport a huge smile and to know that I may have helped bring that on.
“It's charming, entertaining, imaginative, and beautifully illustrated. Truly a gem. And the rhyme and meter are perfect.”
– Pamela Cangioli, literary judge and editor
“It’s been a very long time since I’ve read a children’s story written in narrative poetry. It is perfect for children aged four to nine or ten. The illustrations are marvelous. They almost tell the whole story without the words being read. It will be a great addition to children’s book shelves and libraries everywhere.”
– Alexander Pettit, author and raconteur