Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I'm back with UNCLE JOHN’S BATHROOM READER Author Interview

I am back from my blogging break. Well kind of because I don't have as much time right now as I used to have but I will try to post at least once a week. Today I have an author interview to share with you guys!

About Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader For Kids Only!:

Here is an exciting chance to own the very first Uncle John's Bathroom Reader For Kids Only! in a hardcover edition with all new illustrations!

When our younger readers demanded a Bathroom Reader of their own, Uncle John put together this brain-boggling easy-to-read collection of facts, fads, quotes, history, science, origins, pop culture, mythology, humor, and more! Plus it's full of wacky and fun illustrations and Uncle John's famous "running feet" — those fun and fascinating facts on the bottom of every page.

Curious young readers will learn about the real Dr. Seuss, baseball superstitions, the birth of The Simpsons, how carnival games are rigged, the history of dining on scorpions and tarantulas, shocking truths about thunder and lightning, and disgusting bodily functions like ear wax production and digestion (and why they're important), and much, much more..

Get a Copy: Amazon | Uncle John's Online Store

Author Interview

How or who thought of the idea to write Uncle John's Bathroom Reader For Kids?
The idea came from my brother, who was the original Uncle John. As kids, we loved to read comic books AND the encyclopedia. The encyclopedia because it was full of fascinating facts; and comic books because stories were short, easy to follow, full of action, and fun to read. That was kind of the basis for the adult Bathroom Reader series and it seemed logical to extend that to a For Kids Only series. (Plus it gave us an excuse to add illustrations.)

How are all the interesting facts and information in this book found?

We look under rocks, behind closed doors, inside the refrigerator, on top of Old Smokey, and in the thousands of books in the Bathroom Readers’ Institute’s research library.

What are some facts we will read and learn about in this book?
Well, did you know that:
An albatross can fly as fast as 25 miles per hour…while sleeping.
NASA invented the Dustbuster.
The slowest mammal is the three-toed sloth. (Top speed: 6-8 feet per minute.)
Every baseball used in the major leagues is produced in Costa Rica.
A typical fast food milkshake contains more than 50 chemicals.
Plants grow better when you pet them.
In high school, Tom Cruise was voted “Least Likely to Succeed.”
Girls’ hearts beat faster than boys’ hearts.
In Medieval Europe, some dogs wore suits of armor.

Is there any difference in a Bathroom Readers book and a Bathroom Reader for kids book?
Yes. Pictures! The content is slightly different, too. For instance you won’t find much about taxes, politics, or other boring adult stuff in a BR For Kids Only. You will, however, find flying octopi, doodle bugs, and gooey facts about ear wax in a BR For Kids, which you (probably) won’t find in an adult version. Also, the kids books have fewer pages and shorter articles so that kids can find fantastic new stories on almost every page.

Is there or will there be more Bathroom Readers for Kids?

Yes, indeed! We’ve already published five annual editions (including Smell-O-Scopic, which just won an award from the the Independent Book Publishers Association for Best Children’s Non-Fiction of 2013) and we’re about to come out with our sixth, Uncle John’s Totally Quacked Bathroom Reader For Kids Only. But we also have several other For Kids Only titles—Kid-Topia, iFlush, Infomania, Enchanted Toilet, and The Haunted Outhouse, to name a few.

About Gordon Javna:

The life of Gordon “Uncle John” Javna, editor-in-chief and publisher of the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader series, reads like one of his books. There’s a lot of fun, intriguing—often odd—information lurking around every corner. He went to art school, and then went on to become a musician, real-estate developer, writer, restaurateur, president of a pre-school, brew pub owner, and editor—not all at once, mind you, but he has been all of these things.

Eventually, though, he realized that because of his love of fascinating facts (and being a bathroom reader himself), he was naturally suited, perhaps even destined, to bring the joy of trivia to the world in a fun, informative way. He assumed the pseudonym Uncle John for the Bathroom Reader series and since then, Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader has become the longest-running, most popular series of its kind in the publishing industry. To date, there are more than 15 million Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers in print and his fanatical flock of followers span from Australia to the United Kingdom and beyond.

Guided by their obsession with unusual trivia, amazing origins, and forgotten history, Gordon “Uncle John” Javna and his staff at the Bathroom Readers' Institute have made Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers a must-have for book and gift stores worldwide for over two decades. Gordon continues to expand his porcelain province from his throne room in Ashland, Oregon.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Taking a Break

I am taking a break from blogging but I'm not sure for how long yet, I am hoping it will only be a few months.