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Honeycutt writes book for children

LOWELL — A Lowell woman who enjoyed reading children’s books to her kids has written her first book for children.

“A to Z According to Mikey” also will appeal to adults, said Amy Honeycutt.

The first-time author and mother of three grown children, who also has two grandchildren, said part of her inspiration came from searching and trying to find books that were interesting for her, too.

“I didn’t want anything boring,” she said.

She read children’s books to her three children, who are now 25, 23 and 17, and remained a fan of the genre.

“Even as an adult, I still liked children’s books,” Honeycutt, who was an interior designer, said.

When her grandson was born, Honeycutt looked in the usual places, including Amazon, for books that explained the ABCs in interesting ways.

Not finding what she wanted, two years ago she started writing “A to Z According to Mikey.”

“Mikey’s teacher said, ‘A is for Apple, B is for Boy, C is for Cat, D is for Dog, and so on. Is that what you learned too?'” the story starts. “I thought so, but Mikey started to wonder if may be the alphabet went a bit ore like this:

“A is for Asher, one of the tallest kids in school, who I heard has a pet alligator named Mr. Cool. Asher’s best friend A.J. always brings animal crackers to get Mr. Cool to perform in the pool. I heard he can dolphin kick and dog paddle, he could swim up for a high five. For the right amount of animal crackers, he’s been known to jump into a perfect swan dive,” the book said.

“B is for Baboon. Last week I saw one at the zoo. I asked him what his name was, he didn’t answer to I named him Big Blue. Then I imagined Blue was in a rock band bouncing up and down on a stage, his best friend Buck Buffalo singing their hit song ‘We Don’t Belong in a Cage.'”

The book was published Aug. 31 by Austin Macauley Publishers of New York City. It is illustrated by the publisher.

It is available in several venues including amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and goodreads.com. Cost for the 30-page book is $21.95 and $4.50 for a Kindle version.

The book will be in a display in the children’s section of the Parkersburg Wood County Public Library, Honeycutt said.

Jess Mancini can be reached at jmancini@newsandsentinel.com.

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