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rank 5918
word count 11154
date submitted 28.11.2011
date updated 02.12.2011
genres: Children's
classification: universal

Trout Delamer's First Book Of Made-Up Stories

Trout Delamer

A book of stories for children, written by a mutant fish that is an exotic pet of a rather eccentric, retired, catering corps colonel. Crazy!


A book of stories, written by a fish and illustrated by a self-taught clour-blind artist who does not believe in colour-blindness, and describes his style as "Properly Wonky"! Sounds like complete madness to most people, myself included. Fortunately the stories are rather good, and the included illustrations are from both a time before reading "30 Minute Sketching" By Alwyn Cawshaw (Published by Collins, ISBN 978-0-00-784850-8) and after some self-education, possibly inadvertently providing the best advertising possible for Mr Crawshaw's excellent tutorial book. The stories are probably best classed as "Fairy Tales", highly original, entertaining, going through all emotions, and hopefully providing a positive message to children. One night as I was putting my young daughter to bed, I suggested that I made up a story instead of reading a book. Her initial reaction was a bit sceptical, thinking that stories only come from books, but she liked the made-up stories so much she then wanted them every night after that! There are dozens more stories to make further books, but for the last two years the subject of the stories has been "Denise and the Donkeys", a crazy world has developed around this and I am currently writing the book.

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Peter Sidebotham wrote 851 days ago

This is a delightful little book. Imaginative and quirky. I would like to see more of Trout in it, beyond your introduction. I wonder if it would work to somehow bring him into the individual chapters, to start or end these with how he is coming up with the ideas, telling them or writing them? To my mind that might help tie it together as a book, rather than just a collection of isolated stories.
Definitely woth pursuing.
Well done.

Betty Dye wrote 874 days ago

This is a fun book. I think it is a parents fun book and i think children will listen because the words flow so easily, I can see it as a bit of a cult book. The only thing I would like to see is some of the descriptive passages turned into reported speech which would draw the reader into the situation. I would buy this as a book to keep by my bed for those times when I wake in the middle of the night and I want something fascinating, short and non threatening. If it is not published send me a print out please. Can you look at Jasmin Garibaldi lived in a biscuit factory; and make firm assessment of it ?

roundrobin1 wrote 875 days ago

I think that the retired Colonel lives very close to me and I am sure that I will have seen the fish on a reasonably regular basis. I live in the village where a certain Mr Morrisey and Mr Fox came to live for a while.
Lovely story about Ginger. I enjoyed it very much. Six stars for fantastic imagination.
Perhaps you could take a peep at 'A Cluck or a Duck' and let me know what you think.

Scott Toney wrote 876 days ago


This is a delightfully fun children's book and a pleasure to read for all ages! This morning I read the story about the picknick basket and smiled as I read your words. This orrigional work is highly entertaining and I could see myself sitting down to read it wil my daughter someday. I've rated your book six out of six stars and will return soon for more!

Thanks for uploading this enjoyable read for us to enjoy!

- Scott, The Ark of Humanity

P.s. If you get the time I'd love to hear what you think of The Ark of Humanity as well!

Trout Delamer wrote 877 days ago

Thanks for the comments Emily and Leelah. I have illustrated the stories, but could not download the version with the pictures in it, and advice on how to do this would be most welcome. It is very encouraging to get such positive responses so quickly. I don't need to see a psychiatrist after all!

leelah wrote 877 days ago

This is zany and deliciously silly and with great surprises in language and narrative. I love that I am constantly surprised, it makes me feel very alive and present, thank you! i find the language great for adults, if i can call myself that.
Oh the beauty of laughing and finding the unexpected.
I think you might be a kindred spirit of a friend of mine here at Authonomy:

and my book of course: "when fear comes home to Love" ( non-fiction) - you might have absolutey NO interest in it at all.

best (still giggling)
Leelah Saachi

Emily M wrote 877 days ago

This is a very original idea--short stories written by a fish who has undergone a few too many scientific experiments! The tone is just right here. It's written in a way that is sure to charm children as well as the parents reading the stories to them.
You might want to consider 'showing' some of the scenes rather than 'telling' about them. For example, in chapter four when Maisy packs her first picnic lunch by herself, rather than simply listing off all the concoctions the basket produced, you might want to show her packing the lunch, excited about the prospect of doing it by herself for the first time, and then show the scene at the picnic where everyone discovers how her lunch turned out. Just a suggestion, of course. :)
Grammar wise, I found everything to be well errant commas, misplaced semicolons, or misspelled words. And I also loved the names of the cats...I wish I'd thought doing of something like that when I got my new kittens earlier this year!
Best of luck!