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The Inconceivable Adventures of Cabbage Boy

In the Beginning

by Steven London


Product Details:
  • Pub. Date: July 16, 2013
  • Publisher: FriesenPress
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 64
  • ISBN-13: 9781460222959
  • ISBN: 1460222954

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Overview

Overview

Ralph Spitzle is a typical nine year old boy, anxiously awaiting summer vacation. Life in a small town provides ample opportunity for biking, goofing and friends, all of which were on the horizon. However, on the night before the start of vacation, an atmospheric event sent an incredibly powerful gaseous orb to Earth that had a remarkable effect on Ralph, and as he will discover, on a mild-mannered restaurant owner. Ralph soon realizes that what most nine year olds find an enjoyable pastime has become an unbridled super power. 

Ralph’s now-complicated summer becomes a nightmare when the evil Cabbage Roller arrives. The Cabbage Roller creates havoc at the summer carnival, sending the poor folk of Woobegoon running for their lives. This presents Ralph’s first great challenge, and he is able to muster enough courage to ward off the Cabbage Roller. 

The incredible stress on Ralph - caused by these strange powers that he must keep secret - is alleviated by the return of an old friend - Ronnie Sharp - who helps Ralph realize that with mediocre power comes mediocre responsibility. Emboldened, Ralph sets out to learn to control his new ability and use it to defend the town.

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Editorial Review

Editorial Review

A great read for clever kids!

By Jessica Mattia on July 31 2014

Format: Paperback

My son received this book as a 10th birthday present, and absolutely loved it! Several times we caught him giggling behind his book, and in record time he'd said, "Done! What's next?". The humour is witty, not dumb or cruel like a lot of other books in this age category. Good work Mr. London... What's next?

  

An Awesome Book!!

By Jalynn Patterson on April 8, 2014

Format: Paperback

The life of a 9 year old boy is anything but boring, just ask Ralph Spitzle. Ralph was incredibly excited and looking forward to his long awaited summer vacation. He was that is until some unexplainable things start to take place that cause him to question that previous notion. Ralph soon realizes that the atmospheric event that has just taken place has caused more than just a slight disruption, it has created powers---super powers. 

Poor Ralph, you would think would be excited to know that he would have such power but Ralph soon realizes that it isn't all its cracked up to be. Join Ralph in Book One of the Cabbage Boy series as he tries to redeem his town to its former glory. 

This book is perfect for your readers that are starting to read chapter books. This is the first in the series and it is a rather short read, this alone was enough to get my boys motivated to read it. It was a great book and we really enjoyed it.

 

May the Farts Be With You

By Spudman on January 22, 2015

Format: Paperback

Sometimes you do what you have to do whether it's feeding him candied carrots and broccoli and cheese, or handing him a book about a nine-year-old farting super hero. I've taught this target age group for many years and know they like the impossible, the gross, and the just plain silly. Attacking cabbage rolls, a preposterous villain who controls them, and a boy who discovers gradually his fartsome powers should entice the most reluctant of readers.

I like that this is the first of a series, another motivator for the reader once he or she is hooked. The author includes a strong female character in his story to widen the audience so the book is not just for boys. 

Parents might like to know that though the topic is not their cup of tea, "Cabbage Boy" is not verbal pablum. Words like: succinct, opportune, subside, camouflage, flatulence, shrapnel, and pulverize offer a challenge and an opportunity to hone those word attack skills.

 

Lauren K rated it 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads.com

July 16, 2014

We bought this for our 8 year old son at a Chapters store in Toronto. We met the author, which was a fun part of our day. 

Our son is starting to read chapter books and so this was just the right size for him. When the author told him it was about a boy with super fart powers, he was hooked! I was aghast but my husband laughed too :) 

The book is written appropriately for the age (we had to help with some words of course), and the story is fun. It's full of adventure, great illustrations, and it definitely catches the attention. 

I would recommend it for boys, probably 8 to 10 years old, who like superheroes and funny adventure stories. 

We look forward to the next book in the series!

 

Karen Thompson rated it 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads.com

July 29, 2014

My 9 year old son wanted me to write how much he loved this book. He loves to draw superheroes, and thought that the illustrations were great! He thought the story was "super funny and awesome" [his words :)].

 

The Inconceivable Adventures of Cabbage Boy: En'GROSS'ing New Book Captivates Kids with Noisy New Superpower!

Written by Steven London, ‘The Inconceivable Adventures of Cabbage Boy’ series attempts to tear children away from electronics and into the limitless joys of reading. However, grabbing the attention of young minds isn’t easy – until you introduce a protagonist who possesses the power of super flatulence! 

Toronto, ON -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/19/2013 -- While Steven London’s generation grew up reading ‘The Hardy Boys’ and planning their own outdoor adventures, the unfortunate lure of modern technology has denied millions of children an opportunity to discover the joys of reading. In an attempt to change this misbalance for good, London has devised and published a new series of adventure books that captures young minds with stinky aplomb. 

‘The Inconceivable Adventures of Cabbage Boy’ calls on a young hero with the most shocking yet amazing of powers –impossible-to-ignore super flatulence. ‘In the Beginning’ is the series’ first volume, currently causing noses to be pinched from coast to coast.

 

Synopsis: 

Ralph Spitzle is a typical nine year old boy, anxiously awaiting summer vacation. Life in a small town provides ample opportunity for biking, goofing and friends, all of which were on the horizon. However, on the night before the start of vacation, an atmospheric event sends an incredibly powerful gaseous orb to Earth that has a remarkable effect on Ralph, and as he will discover, on a mild-mannered restaurant owner. Ralph soon realizes that what most nine year olds find an enjoyable pastime has become an unbridled super power.

Ralph’s now-complicated summer becomes a nightmare when the evil Cabbage Roller arrives. The Cabbage Roller creates havoc at the summer carnival, sending the poor folk of Woobegoon running for their lives. This presents Ralph’s first great challenge, and he is able to muster enough courage to ward off the Cabbage Roller. The incredible stress on Ralph - caused by these strange powers that he must keep secret - is alleviated by the return of an old friend who helps Ralph realize that with mediocre power comes mediocre responsibility. Emboldened, Ralph sets out to learn to control his new ability and use it to defend the town.

As the author explains, there’s a serious message behind the toots and rips.

“This is a funny story that was written to engage the imagination. I wanted to encourage kids to pick up books and read them for fun; grabbing their attention wouldn’t be easy but a young boy with the power of super flatulence certainly helps!” says London.

Continuing, “The books are inspired by many original comic book heroes, but my creation certainly has a unique twist. History has shown that the young readership will sit up and listen if a book is unique enough. I challenge anyone to create someone more unique than Ralph.”

Book one also features illustrations by Scott Reed, an accomplished superhero comic illustrator.

“It’s a very well packaged book that harkens back to the classic designs of yesteryear – when kids actually read books in their free time. I hope it kick-starts a new literary revolution. Keep an eye out for the series’ second volume, ‘The Battle for Prico Hill’, which is coming very soon,” London adds.

‘The Inconceivable Adventures of Cabbage Boy: In the Beginning’ is available now: http://amzn.to/1gYwnJx.

For more information, visit: http://www.cabbageboy.com.

About Steven London

A boring lawyer by day, children's book author by night, Steven London is thrilled to be bringing the world of Cabbage Boy to young readers around the world. Drawing on his childhood, his experience as a summer camp director and being a father of three, Steven has written a fun and engaging chapter book series that is easily enjoyed by kids of all ages.

When not working, writing, playing, fixing things, biking and hanging around, Steven also enjoys making Muppets with his kids.

Media Relations Contact

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Source: Piece of Cake PR

Posted Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 9:25 AM CST

Meet the Writer

FACT FILE


A boring lawyer by day, children's book author by night, Steven London is thrilled to be bringing the world of Cabbage Boy to young readers around the world.  Drawing on his childhood, his experience as a summer camp director and being a father of three, Steven has written a fun and engaging chapter book series that is easily enjoyed by kids of all ages.  

Steven lives with his wife and his three awesome kids.  When not working, writing, playing, fixing things, or competing in duathlons, Steven also enjoys making puppets with his kids.  

"One of my goals in writing this series is to encourage reading in young kids, including reluctant readers. TV, video games and handheld devices are like a black hole for free time, and I think kids are missing out on an important developmental experience by avoiding or limiting the reading of books. Feedback from parents and kids has been fantastic – which makes this so rewarding for me.”



Features

Author Q & A

Author Steven London - An Interview with Madison Freeman, Editor in Chief

MF:      Steven, let’s get the big question out of the way:  a book about superfarts? 

SL:       Yes. Silly as that sounds, there is method to my madness.  I wanted to write a book that catches the attention of reluctant readers and kids who might be scared off by big chapter books, particularly boys.  

MF:      I think that you accomplish that!  It’s certainly a unique idea; what started you down this path? 

SL:       I initially wrote the book for my kids.  They loved it, and when they shared it with friends they loved it too.  I didn’t really have any expectations beyond that level of enjoyment.

MF:      So what happened next? 

SL:       It was pure coincidence.  About two years after I had written it, I was speaking to a colleague at my office who mentioned he was writing a children’s book. I mentioned Cabbage Boy and the reactions that I had seen from kids, and he encouraged me to look at it as perhaps something more than I had originally thought.  That spurred me to revisit the book and do some revisions, and based on feedback I felt like there might be something there.

MF:      How did you decide on the illustrations?

SL:       I grew up reading superhero comic books in the 1970s and ‘80s.  I wanted the illustrations to reflect that style, and so I started a search to find someone to take my ideas and turn them into comic book art.  I feel so fortunate to have found Scott Reed.  Scott is an accomplished comic book artist who has worked on Marvel comics.  When he asked if I minded if he did the first drafts in pencil, I knew we would click.

MF:      Is this just a silly book about superfarts or is there more to it?

SL:       I get that question a lot.  On the surface, yes, this is about a nine year old superhero who has superfart powers.  But the story delves into important concepts like standing up for things that you believe to be important, friendship, self-confidence and knowing right and wrong.

MF:      What is the best part of being an author?

SL:       Honestly, the laughter that I hear from parents and kids after I explain the story concept makes me feel awesome. I think that too many kids today suffer from information overload through the internet; kids need to be kids these days, and encouraging reading and imagination is a great way to foster that message. 

MF:      Thanks for your time today.

SL:       You’re very welcome.

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