YOUNG ADULT'S & CHILDREN'S BOOKS 

Young adult's & children’s book titles. 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.

Front cover.

Back cover.

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2.  Creation or Evolution - or maybe both? 


Synopsis:

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.   

 

 

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/Heroine profiles and interviews.

         

 

 

 

 

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

5. The Encoded Pen (Novella )

The story of a young Japanese pilot during World War 2.

Haruto's secrets and mysteries - discovered recently - will perplex the reader. If you love codes, mysteries, secrets and treasures this book is for you! What Haruto's family members do for Haruto - after a life changing incident - is absolutely amazing. An adventure packed novella with many heart-warming moments.  

E-book published on 6 May 2018 to Five House Publishing.         

        

 Front cover of the e-book.

Back cover: The 'Encoded' Pen. Read excerpts of the e-book below: 

 

Table of Contents

 CHAPTER 1. Page 8

Authenticity. 

CHAPTER 2. Page 10

Pearl Harbour. 

CHAPTER 3. 14

School. 

CHAPTER 4. 18

Finding Treasure. 

CHAPTER 5. 23

The Laboratory.

CHAPTER 6. 32

The Search. 

CHAPTER 7. 35

The Chest. 

CHAPTER 8. 43

The Dream... 

CHAPTER 9. 46

The Conquest. 

CHAPTER 10. 52

Demons & Oni’s. 

    CHAPTER 11. 60

The Fight. 

CHAPTER 12. 67

The Dream continues: The Key. 

CHAPTER 13. 69

The Independent Pen. 

CHAPTER 14. 73

Scriptures. 

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE FIRST MISSIONARIES TO JAPAN. Page 79

This story has been inspired by the Christian Missionaries that dedicated their lives spreading the Gospel in Japan. When one looks at a Kamakazi pilot we would hardly imagine a Christian Kamikaze pilot. This story portrays just that. A Christian warplane pilot that lays down his life for his country and his family. 79

Here is a short summary of the history. 79

History of introducing Christianity to Japan by Father Xavier - Nagasaki (Port), Japan:. 79

MESMERISING WOODEN JAPANESE LOCKING JOINTS. 81

ABOUT KAMIKAZE PILOTS. Page 83

MEANING OF THE NAMES OF THE    JAPANESE CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK (EXTENDED FAMILY). 86

HARUTO’S FAVOURITE  STORY AS A YOUNG CHILD: ‘MOMOTARO’ (‘THE PEACH BOY’). 90

NOTES TO PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS. 92

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: 93

ABOUT THE STORY: Page 95

EXCERPT 1:

 TREASURE   

   A blue ripple with tones of grey crisscrosses 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 diamond-clear. Schools of bright-hued fish and exotic sea flowers decorate the sandy floor and small reef. The ocean floor is littered with large dark, sinister coffins – the shapes are very distinct. Warplanes and warships lay strewn for hundreds of meters on the bottom of the harbour. The visibility is excellent. Strange looking sea flowers stare from the jagged black reef. A small, friendly white and grey shark moves closer to the divers and bumps into one of the oxygen tanks. With a quick dart, the shark takes off into the grey unknown. The rhythmic release of carbon dioxide bubbles sends a message to the surface, ‘There is something very mysterious and beautiful down here,’ one of the divers thought. The bright searchlights of the divers scan meticulously to the left and right. They are looking for clues and treasure. In the white beam of the second diver's headlight dances thousands of micro sea creatures and plankton. They represent every known shape and form.

The divers stop momentarily. One of them takes his hand and tries to scoop some of the tiny creatures into his hand – the micro creatures escape in streams of translucent biological-beauty. The diver is fascinated by the amazing little critters. The direct sunlight exposes their tiny, white skeletal frames. One of the divers can see the alphabet in the curvatures. There is the letter ‘H’; there is an ‘A’, he thinks to himself.

A large dark-red rising sun appears. Half of the reddish sun is covered in a variety of shellfish, and green seaweed. It is a mosaic of tombstone art. The sea plants move slowly back and forth – waving to the diver to come closer – 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. The tiny cloud of sand granules spirals for a second and then falls lazily back into its original position on the ocean floor. The graveyard is disturbed.

On the jagged rocks, just under the wreckage, the coral is dusky pink with cream module clusters of White Sea Plants. The white floral sea plants wave their flags in honour of the deserted dark grey World War 2 wrecks of the past - it silently pays tribute to the fallen admirals, officers, seamen, gunners, soldiers, sailors and pilots. At first, it seems like the wreckages are deserted, but the searchlight reveals a warplane cockpit still intact.

    

EXCERPT 2:

     The engine of the Japanese fighter plane screamed as it dived out of the sky. Vertical, nose down. 

From inside the cockpit, the large frigate battleship enlarged at an alarming rate. The stunned pilot stared at the water racing towards him at devastating speed. He sat with his shoulders tensely hunched in a slightly forward position. He held onto the cockpit controls tightly as he hurtled towards his death.

The red-coloured sun rose on the fuselage of the warplane as it appeared eerily out of the early morning clear sky. The sun flashes off the wings of the plane; it is as if it wants to transmit a warning in staccato Morse code. The engine sputtered and spewed out a desperate smoke signal.  

 ‘Imminent danger, imminent danger!’

EXCERPT 3: 

  The moon is full, white, and round. The dark, fleeting silhouettes of bats greet Haruto and Yuuta. While staring at the moon, Haruto imagines a large red dragon-serpent flying in front of the moon. He sees the large translucent wings flapping against the white canvas. Fire embers and sparks fly out of the dragon’s mouth. Smoke billows out on the sides of the dragon’s large open mouth. He can almost smell the breath of the dragon. The smell reminds him of his granddad’s blacksmith sword kiln. Reo, his granddad, used to take the red glowing metal rod out of the fire with his long tongs. The hot, glowing, smell of Samurai sword making excites his senses. In his mind, he sees the finished Samurai sword – it shines and flashes as it flourishes and swooshes through the air. He imagines himself flying up to the large dragon; he then thrusts the sword into the dragon-serpents neck. The dragon twists and turns violently as the sword enters its neck. There is blood on the moon.

  Image from the novel: An Oni

Image: Oni. By Wikia-Tengu. Posted to Wiki Bestiary. http://monsters.wikia.com/wiki/Oni. Credit: http://monsters.wikia.com/wiki/File:Soga-oni.jpg. Onis are ogres and are one of the most common monsters in Japanese folklore. While their forms are extremely variable, the most common variety is a large, horned humanoid beast, with skin in any number of bright colours (but usually blue, green, or red). They have a penchant for wearing tiger skins and carrying spiked iron clubs called kanabou. They live almost anywhere: in the underworld, torturing sinners; deep in the mountains; or riding in the clouds creating storms.