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Meet the Author: A Few Thoughts from Kevin Meehan, Author of Isoceles' Day

Last month I received the book Isosceles' Day to review as part of our Bedtime for Babies book review.

I am so excited to have the opportunity to share a guest post from the author of the book, Kevin Meehan.  Isosceles' Day is the first children's book for this author and we really enjoyed the book and look forward to sharing with our youth reading group this Summer. 
With the eyes of a child we learn how to see!
The concept for Isosceles' Day is based upon the innocence we humans frequently have as children; often lost as we become educated adults. I wanted to capture the essence of seeing animal's possible interactions removed from our common sense of reality. Instead of a linear story traditionally told, I introduced silly, fun, whimsical behaviors and interactions of our domesticated pets with unusual friends not normally seen in an ordinary story. Shaking up reality in a fanciful, untraditional way. I feel that in many ways I was able to achieve this; primarily through the illustrations.
I feel that literature is often times restricted to a variety of things; the culture in which it was developed, the education of the reader, and the direction the author wants to lead the reader. We have often heard the term "lost in translation", applying to a translated written format from one language to another. The original meaning of the text has an opportunity for being misunderstood from one culture to another. My personal thought is that nothing is lost with a visual illustration. It can be observed by someone from Asia and another person from Norway without any fragment "torn" from its original proposal. I really don't feel this is entirely possible with many forms of literature.

My opinion is, any form of material conveyed in a format for "the educated reader" is restrictive in itself, removing those with little or no education; such as young children; from engaging in the printed material. I have some experience in this as I have authored many scientific monographs, research papers and patent applications in the medical field that are a challenge to grasp for those who have no education in science or medicine. They are often left excluded from experiencing the premise of the subject. I wanted this book to abandon traditional restraints we sometimes put on our imagination as we grow-up and lose our playfulness. I wanted to allow the reader of any age to enjoy the journey into the child which lays within all of us.

Lastly, I did not want a plot to direct the reader in any direction other than the one they wish to take themselves; how they may desire to experience their own pet's activities beyond their visual observation.
As this is a first in children's books for me, I hope that this brings smiles to children's faces as well as recaptures the eyes of a child to the "playful minded adults".

About the Author: Kevin Meehan

As a child, the author experienced a similar life condition as Isosceles. Not having much of a home, love or sense of protection and safety, he has a very special understanding of Isosceles' early years. As a diplomat of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and an integrative health care practitioner for almost three decades, he recognizes the importance of the compassion essential in helping others; people and animals. The author's commitment to helping animals and humans, coupled with his passion for biochemistry, lead him to design a unique, patented, line of canine orthomolecular supplements to nurture dogs back to health in a natural way. One of his favorite quotes is, "With the eyes of a child we learn how to see"!

Pick up your copy of Isoceles' Day at bookstores nationwide or click on the image below to be taken directly to the Amazon.

Do you have a pet?  How has having a pet changed your life?

Comments

Masshole Mommy said…
We don't have a pet anymore (he's in heaven now), but I totally want to get this book for my nieces who just got a new kitty :)
We have had pets over the years. Now they have grown old and passed on. We just haven't been able to replace them they were a big part of our family.
We always have two dogs and if one passes we soon get another. Dogs are the best and they each have their own personality that adds to the family.
AiringMyLaundry said…
This sounds like a great book. I'll have to pick it up for the kids. We do have pets: two cats, and they are part of the family!
We have 2 pets. And I can't imagine life without a pet in my life.
Tasheena Womack said…
We currently do not own any pets. However, we have in the past. I honestly do believe pets change your life for the better. They teach you so many various life lessons.
Melissa Chapman said…
I am an animal advocate and have two dogs which I love and could not live without. I will have to get this book for the kids in our family.
I have always had a pet, from a very young childhood all the way to adulthood. Now that I have a family we have pets as well and we love them.
Katie Kinsley said…
I have always loved having a pet around. I just see it as important to my well-being and being able to have responsibility to care for and love them. The book sounds cute!
Olivia Douglass said…
We have 2 black labs and although they can get on my nerves sometimes, they're part of our family. Mack was a rescue and he's the sweetest!
Kelly Reci said…
I am totally a pet mama and so this book would be perfect for me to read. Will definitely have to check it out!!
Ricci Ellis said…
This sounds like a great book. I also love that you got to interview the author!
Roch said…
I don't have a pet because no one will take care of him. We're mostly at work and spend time at home to wash, sleep, and eat breakfast. Isosceles' Day seems interesting. At what age would children get a grasp of the concept easily?
Chubskulit Rose said…
I would love to read this books with my kids. I love that the author has a similar experience.
It's always interesting to learn more about the author behind a book. This sounds like a fabulous read. While we don't have a pet yet, we might get a puppy soon!
Carol Cassara said…
I've never read this book before. It's always nice to read about the authors and to get to know their inspiration for the book. Thanks for the recommendation.
Nikka Shae said…
Aww, we have three dogs and they act like our kids.
Aww this is so sweet. I do have a pet. He makes me go outdoors a dozen times a day and that's really good for me, as I live with chronic pain and wouldn't move more than necessary otherwise.

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