Littleton children’s author Joseph Caldara will sell and sign copies of his books in Historic Downtown Littleton on Saturday, Aug. 19, as part of Western Welcome Week. He is donating all profits to children’s charities during August. Photo by Peter Jones
BY PETER JONES
You have to be a little bit of a kid to be a children’s author.
“I think all kids have this sort of need for goofiness, craziness inside of them,” Joseph Caldara said. “It’s important for them to get it out of their system in a way.”
Enter Bob and the Cyber Llama and Bob and the Pop-Up Book of Destiny, the first two installments in an ongoing series by the budding Littleton writer. The comic adventures of Bob Halibut and Jeeves, his “cybernetic llama butler,” include trips to the ancient pyramids as the duo searches for family history and an ancient Aztec pop-up book.
And they’ve got nachos.
“Kids are definitely more willing to accept that stuff than adults,” said Caldara, 28.
The author is furthering his commitment to his demographic this month by donating all his profits from book sales to Cure Childhood Cancer and Canines for Disabled Kids. On Saturday, Aug. 19, he will join fellow local children’s author Curt Fulster, who is also donating his profits, at a booth on Littleton’s Main Street for Festival Day during Western Welcome Week.
“I’ve seen how cancer impacts people and it’s not pretty,” Caldara said, noting he has lost a young cousin and friend to the disease.
His books are also available on Amazon and Lulu in both print and Kindle versions with the same donation offer during the month of August. More information is available on the self-published author’s website bobandthecyberllama.com.
“Obviously, you have to do your own marketing,” he said of the self-publishing world. “I know publishers often look for things that already have a market.”
If things go according to hopes, the author and full-time finance professional will eventually take Bob and his cyber camelid on an adventure to a large publisher.
In the meantime, Caldara is happy to keep things small—or at least in the 9-to-14 age range.
“I like entertaining kids. I like seeing them smile,” he said. “Also, it’s vital that kids get into reading.”
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