Some future children’s book titles planned by the authors. Ebooks available from https://fivehousepublishing.com/

1. Leon the Watercolour Boy.

The story is about a granddad who visits a toddler at the Playcentre. Leon, the toddler,  shares activities with his granddad; afterwards they make soft pencil sketches and render the drawings with watercolours. Based on true events and some fiction.     

A page from 'Leon the Watercolour Boy': Leon working the digger at the playcentre in the sandpit filling a truck with sand. "Look Oupa I am filling the truck with sand," said Leon. Oupa said to Leon: "Let us make a soft pencil sketch of the you and the digger and then render it with watercolours." Soft pencil and watercolours tools (digital) were used to make this drawing. Background was created with the airbrush tool (bottom layer). The artwork was digitally created using the Tayasui Sketches App (IPad & stylus).       

Sample page from the book: AboutDigital Sketching - Tayasui sketches App. Credit: W Van Zyl.

See Five House Publishing for availableeBooks: https://fivehousepublishing.com/

2.  Creation or Evolution - or maybe both? 


A comparison between Creation and Evolution  from a Christian Perspective - a short story for young children and adults. The story includes a little bit of fiction with solid Creation facts from the Bible. Evolution (big bang theory) is also considered with a combination of the two as a third alternative to where everything came from. However, the story supports Creation as described in the Book of Genesis.

Where Did Everything Come From?     

Luke and his dad look through the telescope while exploring the night sky. Luke asks the question: "Where did everything come from?" Dad answers his question by illustrating two main models namely Creation and Evolution. An exciting conversation, with illustrations, follows. Some believe in creation, and some believe in evolution, and some believe in a combination of the two. These theories are a simple illustration of a 'rockets-eye-view' of space, earth and the moon. The story shows time (time as we know it), space (the universe/cosmos), and matter (earth) relating to the two views or perspectives. "In the beginning (time) God created the heavens (space) and the earth (matter) - Creation model. The Evolution model: In the beginning there was nothing. Then there was a big bang... that is when everything started... "I believe in a combination of both models..." say some. This book will explain - using very simple illustrations - how different people see the beginning of our universe. A book for children and adults alike. The book includes rich illustrations which answer big questions like "How did the big flood happen during Noah's time?; where did all the water come from during the flood? and more. Dad explains: "Thousands upon thousands of kiloliters of water were released when cisterns of the deep broke open..."   

Creation model: "The Hydro-logical Cycle" (Water evaporates, rises, condensates, and falls to the earth as precipitation).  

'He (God) makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth;
    he sends lightning with the rain
    and brings out the wind from his storehouses' (Psalm 135:7).

Creation Model: In the beginning, God was thinking and then He said: “Let Us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Genesis 1:26 - New International Version. Credit image: Tayasui Sketches App - digital sketching and rendering- W Van Zyl.         

Evolution Model: According to the 'Big Bang Theory' the earth is some 13.8 billion years old. It all started with a big explosion... Credit image: Tayasui Sketches App - digital sketching and rendering- W Van Zyl.   

Front cover: Creation or Evolution - or maybe both? 

Back cover: Creation or Evolution - or maybe both?     


3. Sauri’i the Dribbling Dragon (A young ‘toddler’ dragon starts to dribble…). What follows the dribble is absolutely unexpected. Book not published yet. See the character sketches online (link below). Estimated publishing date - March 2018.         

Young Sauri'i looses a tooth... What happens next is totally unexpected. Credit: W Van Zyl -Tayasui Sketches (digital sketching).   

4. Sauri’i the Dribbling Dragon- Character Sketches. Hero profiles and interviews.

Estimated publishing date - March 2018.         





IMAGE: Digital illustrations of two of the characters - 'Sauri'i the Dribbling Dragon.'  Credit Lyn Paton.

5. The 'Encoded' Pen (The story of a young Japanese pilot during World War 2). Haruto's secret will stun readers. What his family do for Haruto - after a life changing incident - is absolutely amazing. A very heart-warming story.

Estimated publishing date - end ofFebruary 2018.         



Front cover: The 'Encoded' Pen. Read an excerpt from Chapter 4 below: 



       A blue ripple with tones of grey crisscrossed the dune-like ocean floor. The wavy pattern of the sea surface reflects down onto the bottom with artistic flair. Shades of blue and grey float mysteriously over the scuba divers as they move slowly flipping now and then with their large black amphibian-shaped flippers. The water is glass clear, and schools of bright-hued fish and exotic sea flowers decorate the sand floor. The floor is littered with dark coloured wreckages -the shapes are very distinct - war planes and ships lay strewn for hundreds of meters on the bottom. A small shark moves closer to the divers and bumps friendly into one of the oxygen tanks. With a quick dart, the shark takes off into the grey unknown. The bright searchlights scan meticulously left and right. The divers are looking for any clues. In the white beam of the second diver's headlight, a large dark-red coloured rising sun suddenly appears. Half of the sun is covered in a variety of shellfish, and green seaweed. The sea plants move to and fro as the strong ocean currents move everything in its path. A couple of nosy crustaceans scatter for safety under the large plane wreckage when the searchlight falls on them. They kick up a small cloud of sand and 'dust' in their wake. On the jagged rocks, just under the wreckage, the coral is dusky pink with cream nodule clusters of white sea plants. The white floral sea plants flags and honour the deserted grey war wrecks - it silently pays tribute to the fallen soldiers, sailors and pilots. At first, it seems like the wreckage is empty, but the searchlight reveals a war plane cockpit still intact.

    The two divers signals with their hands and fingers - let us investigate - the one scuba diver takes a small ice pick-shaped hammer from his tool belt and taps on the almost seventy-year-old cockpit glass. As the tapping sound rushes through the water, the unfamiliar sound waves wake up some sleepy crabs and lobsters. They scatter in different directions hiding from the imminent danger of the sharp ice-pick hammer. The glass makes a muffled shatter as the first cockpit glass pane breaks into hundreds of tiny pieces. The sharply stained pieces of glass float lazily to the ocean floor and down into the cockpit. More glass panes are shattered. The two divers are now able to get into the double-seat tandem cockpit. They hook their floating searchlights onto the side of the fuselage with specially designed magnets. Effortlessly they float into the two cockpits and take in common pilot positions. Eerily the two-seat cockpit is filled with ghost-like amphibian men. The diver in front turns around in his seat and signals an 'O-shape' with his hand and fingers to the second diver. 'Everything is going just fine,’ he signals. Inside the hardly recognisable Japanese fighter plane the dashboard stares without emotion at the slow moving divers. The instrument panel is covered with many gauges, switches, and buttons – hardly recognisable. Green algae, rust, and small shells, with a cluster of mussels here and there, cover the once immaculate cockpit. The tiny copper name plate above the altimeter is still legible. It reads ‘Model no: 214955’ and has stood the test of time - at least up to now. The altimeter pointer sits at zero – it can’t go any lower. A random thought ran through the diver’s mind, ‘I wonder at what height did this Kamikaze pilot dive?’ The divers are lost in a world of war, and the images of the attack on Pearl Harbour in the 1940's by the Japanese flash through their minds. It conjures up chaos, out of control fires, and the deafening thunder of bombs exploding. For several minutes they admire the beautiful vintage wrecks of the fighter planes and parts of the US battleships. One particular plane gets their attention – it is the ripped jacket wrapped around the pilot seat that draws them closer. The diver reaches out to the jacket, and as he touches it, a small object is released and floats slowly to the bottom of the cockpit. He swims through the shattered window opening and finds the object lying between the seat and the side of the cockpit. He lifts it carefully out and recognises it as a nameplate of some sort. It is covered with patches of seaweed and a couple of tiny mussel shells. The diver tucks it carefully into his bag and continues searching for more clues and artifacts of the Japanese pilot in the deserted cockpit. 

      After a while the second diver takes a picture of the instrument panel of the aircraft; the flash of the underwater camera reflects on a tiny ring of silver on the side of the front seat, deep down. He reaches down and discovers the object is tucked into a narrow space on the edge of the seat adjustment lever. He tries to pick it up, but it is slightly stuck. He wiggles it for a while until it breaks loose from the cockpit floor.