Since when is a kite afraid of heights? Well, this one is! But when he discovers a hot-air balloon, an airplane, and even a rocket ship all possess the same fear, he begins to discover that they are not all that different from one another.
This absurd, humorous story is about children understanding that being afraid of something is okay and normal.
Will Robinson has an MFA from the University of British Columbia and has work published in numerous print and online journals, including carte blanche, SNReview, Verbsap, Talking Writing, The Furnace Review, CellStories, Scrivener Creative Review, Poetry/Fiction in Motion, blinking cursor, Avatar Review, Blood Lotus, Black Heart Magazine and Crack the Spine. He has also won awards and has been featured as Writer of the Month in several journals, in addition to being anthologized.
He is also the creator of some really cool gift products based on his poetry: www.ransomnotesfromtheheart.com
I like to use humor to talk about important issues, such as anxiety and fear, as I find humor takes the sting out of such emotions. I also like using humor that appeals to the parents (i.e., inside jokes, etc.) because the parent may be reading the book over and over (and OVER!) again.
And when the parent laughs (I hope!), the child will see the parent enjoying the book as well and this, I believe, creates a lovely connection between them.