Author, Joe Woodley and Illustrator, Syd Hutchison discuss the words, the design and the meaning behind the creation of The Great Christmas Heist.
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If you enjoy Dr Seuss books or The Night Before Christmas, chances are you will enjoy this Christmas story.
Parents, teachers and children will enjoy the story of The Great Christmas Heist, as it becomes a timeless classic for the entire family.
In The Great Christmas Heist, the characters Thomas and Claire take a journey on Christmas eve that helps them see the beauty around them.
• In a review, Kidlio Magazine wrote, “Let’s celebrate Christmas all year round with this fascinating book that teaches children the real meaning of Christmas, introducing the joy of giving and focusing on the importance of being thankful for what you have.”
Parents and teachers looking for popular books for kids will adore this book. The Great Christmas Heist can stimulate your children's imagination, reinvigorate their love for reading and tap into their imaginations.
They will not want to put this book down.
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Wonderful story with a great message for the entire family that will last generations.
This fun filled, family-friendly story will resonate with children everywhere, and become a timeless classic that is passed on from one generation to the next.
Q: First tell us something about yourself?
My life has been an extraordinary adventure. I am blessed to have a wonderful family and friends who have loved and supported me through the various stages of my life. My faith and my family have been my foundation, and I am grateful for them. I have been a published author and public speaker for over fifteen years, writing books for adults and children. Through several of my organizations, I have worked with schools, community groups, churches, corporations and other organizations promoting character education, literacy, leadership development and education. People are my passion and helping them fulfill their God-given purpose is my mission.
Q: How and when did your journey start as a writer?
When I was in the eleventh grade, my high school English teacher, Mr. Valenti, was the first person outside my family to encourage me to pursue writing as a career. It would be another twelve years before I began to work on the project that would become my first published book. By that point in my life, I had accumulated a broad array of experiences that shaped my worldview and my perspective on life, love, faith, family and community.
Q: When did you write your first story? Is it published or not?
The first story I wrote was when I was small. I was very shy at the time and writing was a great outlet for me to express my thoughts and feelings. I did not publish the story, but I gained a love for writing that has been with me my entire life.
Q: Tell us something more about your books?
I am a purpose driven person and everything I write is purpose driven. The purpose of my writing is always to share ideas, thoughts and concepts that will encourage my readers to pursue the god-given greatness that lies inside them, to see the best in others and to seek the best for others. All of my books present common themes that include the importance of developing good character, integrity and the development of trustworthiness. Most of my books are written for adults. But these themes are most impactful when shared with children during the most vital stages of their development. Some people would call this an old-fashioned way of thinking. I would assert that some old-fashioned themes are foundational to developing great children who can become great adults. Those themes and values never go out of style. I hope that my books can help people successfully navigate their own journeys in life, starting with our children.
Q: Why do you choose kids as your reader ? Is there any specific reason?
I was a single dad for many years. One of my favorite things to do with my son when he was a little guy was to read with him. I tried to find books that he would be interested in and that he would find challenging. I also found books that had good wholesome messages. I believe that reading is one of the greatest tools a parent can provide their children. I was always an animated reader with my son. I always made up some of the silliest faces and voices when we read together. Although many of the books I have written are for adults, I never forgot the joy those moments gave me. Writing books for kids gives me the opportunity to share that experience with other moms and dads. I get to write books that parents feel comfortable reading to their children. They get to make funny faces and create silly voices as they read. My son still talks about those experiences. I believe books like The Great Christmas Heist will give you that opportunity too.
Q: How did these stories and characters come to your mind?
The Great Christmas Heist is a passion project of mine. I wrote the story around ten years ago and it feels more relevant now than when I first wrote it. I wanted to write something that reminded me of the children's books and movies that I read as a child. Books written by Dr. Suess, Roald Dahl, J.M. Barrie, Rudyard Kipling, L. Frank Baum and many others took me on adventures that transported me to new worlds that stretched my imagination and expanded the promise of possibilities of the world I lived in. There were always great messages interwoven in these books that kids could carry with them in their own exploration of life and the world around them. Thomas and Clair, the two main characters in The Great Christmas Heist, as well as the poetic style of writing and the artwork honors those stories in a nostalgic sort of way, while presenting a message that is current to the society many of our families live in today. Our children are growing up in a world that is far more cynical, anxious and self-absorbed. Thomas and Clair reflect that world early in the story but take a journey on Christmas eve that helps them see the beauty around them. This is a fun-filled, humorous story that will feel timeless for the whole family.
Q: Do you want to leave any message for your readers?
Reading is one of the greatest investments you will ever make in life. So read often and read a lot.
Joe Woodley is a published author of over sixteen books, and public speaker. Joe shares empowering stories in his books for children and adults that help support family, faith, and character development. He is dedicated to utilizing his accumulated experience, skills and expertise to empower others to reach their god-given potential.
Joe is an advocate for families, emphasizing the important role of fathers and promotes childhood literacy. He is a life coach and an executive coach. He has a degree through Ohio Christian University.
In his own unique style, emerging from a plethora of transformative life experiences, Joe has provided workshops, seminars and other resources for individuals, educational and community groups and organizations, which emphasize the necessity of excellence in character, integrity, leadership, support-care and accountability for nearly twenty years.This is a content preview space you can use to get your audience interested in what you have to say so they can’t wait to learn and read more. Pull out the most interesting detail that appears on the page and write it here.