BOSTON, Mass. - Author Stephen J. Devaney and his son Kevin J. Devaney have teamed up to produce the first book of the adventure-packed series Josh and Andy’s Spectacular Flying Adventures. Illustrated by Tonya Grifkin, this children’s picture book is written for boys and girls ages four to six.
The story trails the exploits of Andy, a flying squirrel, and Josh, a chipmunk. Adventure unfolds when a radio control model airplane smashes into their tree. Josh and Andy team up to fix it using string, glue, popsicle sticks and some old-fashioned elbow grease and soon the model airplane is ready to fly again. As the airplane takes off with Josh in the cockpit, a wild adventure unravels over the skies of Bayfield, WI. But with teamwork and a little luck, the furry chipmunk and plane are guided towards safety.
“Kevin and I are delighted to see this story brought to life with the help of Tonya’s illustrations,” says Stephen. “We have gone into painstaking detail to ensure that it is accessible to as many children as possible. For example, we have deliberately selected the primary colors and artwork style work well within the autism spectrum.”
“Josh and Andy’s Spectacular Flying Adventures is a wonderful children’s story filled with excitement,” adds Kevin. “The book introduces young readers to the adventures of flying as it follows the escapades of Josh and Andy. But most importantly, it emphasizes concepts such as teamwork, creativity, ingenuity, problem solving and resilience—essential lessons in early childhood education.”
Josh and Andy’s Spectacular Flying Adventures Part 1: Flying Lessons can be purchased online through SDP Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other retailers.
About the Authors: Stephen Devaney worked 30+ years in the financial services industry as a quantitative analyst. In his twenties, he was a Special Needs educator and founded the first Special Education chapter of the Vocational-Industrial Clubs of America organization (VICA). He has had a long-term interest in creative nonfiction writing. Stephen is involved in several outlets: ENCORE, Intergenerational Activities, Financial Literacy, Osher Lifelong Learning and others.
Kevin Devaney lives in Massachusetts where he is employed by an Environmental Protection group focused on Clean Air and Safe Drinking Water initiatives. He is active in post-secondary studies focused on Environmental Sciences. Kevin also loves to write creatively. He has several stories under construction that strive to entertain and educate readers.