words and pictures by R.W. Alley

This four book series celebrates the power of imagination in the real world, away from screens and things that click and buzz.

Activities

CLARK IN THE DEEP SEA

written and illustrated by R.W. Alley

picture book / Clarion Books / March 2016

On a rainy spring day, Clark leaps from the porch into the wild ocean to rescue Gretchen’s Bear from the deep sea monsters — with help from their other siblings.

“Alley gives readers a story of creating alternate imaginative worlds to escape boredom and enjoy independent adventure. Thanks to transitions from pale to rich watercolors throughout the story, readers can follow Clark and his emotions.” —Kirkus 

“Alley’s breathless narration hypes up the action (“Triple horrors! The Million-Mile Eel trapped Clark by the fins!”), and his mixed-media illustrations follow suit—the soft pastel palette of the quiet porch scenes gives way to electric colors that energize Clark’s underwater escapade.” —Publishers Weekly

GRETCHEN OVER THE BEACH

written and illustrated by R.W. Alley

picture book / Clarion Books / March 2016

On a breezy summer day, Gretchen, the youngest of four siblings, and her family head to the ocean. Gretchen wants to swim with her older brothers and sister, but everyone ignores her. When the wind steals her new sun hat, she catches it by its ribbon and is lifted into the sky, far, far above the beach, where a friendly seagull is happy to play.

PreK-K-1

MITCHELL ON THE MOON

written and illustrated by R.W. Alley

picture book / Clarion Books  / October 2016

It’s Halloween evening and oldest sibling Mitchell must keep the moon from being eaten up by Jack-o-Jerks so that Gretchen will brave the dark to trick-or-treat.

“A rollicking Halloween adventure.” —Kirkus

ANNABELLE AT THE SOUTH POLE

written and illustrated by R.W. Alley

picture book / Clarion Books / October 2016

On a snowy winter afternoon, Annabelle tries to escape her pestering siblings by by venturing into her snowy backyard, which her imagination quickly transforms into the South Pole.  But, the Abominable Snow Giant stands in her way.