Local author Tyrel Bramwell’s new children’s chapter book brings the magic of Ferndale to life in a fun family adventure … for the second time.
Last year, Bramwell partnered with the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce and illustrator Edward Riojas to give readers “The World of the Wazzlewoods: A Fern & Dale Fairy Tale.” The children’s chapter book was inspired by Ferndale’s storybook charm. This time the fun happens in “The Bird Battle of Artisan Alley: A Fern & Dale Fairy Tale,” book two of what the author hopes will be a growing series. This book celebrates Ferndale’s Victorian architecture and nearby old-growth redwoods.Bramwell is thrilled to work again with the merchants of the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce on this project.
“It’s a pleasure to partner with such caring people to create books that promote and support our village,” he said. “My hope for the first book was that it would be successful enough to warrant a second and even a series. Well, we’re on our way.
“You don’t have to live in our area to enjoy the stories,” Bramwell said. “Readers who’ve never been to Humboldt County love the first book. That’s what I’m going for — that, and to create stories that my North Coast neighbors will treasure as theirs for years to come.”
The book is scheduled to be released on Ferndale’s Hospitality Night, Dec. 6, with Bramwell signing copies at Chapman’s Bookery & More from 5 to 9 p.m.
“The Bird Battle of Artisan Alley” picks up where “The World of the Wazzlewoods” left off. “When Fern and her younger brother Dale hear a distressing sound coming from the alley behind Main Street, it’s a race to safety and the beginning of another magical wazzlewood adventure,” Bramwell said. “More friends. More enemies. More Cream City magic.
“This book nearly wrote itself,” he said. “The cat belonging to the owners of Mind’s Eye Coffee Lounge went missing earlier this year. It was a total bummer. This story emerged out of the idea that maybe I could give a sad event a hopeful ending.
“One of my goals with the “A Fern & Dale Fairy Tales” series is to inspire young readers to see the wonder that’s right in front of them,” he said. “People tend to think that if anything great is going to happen to them, it’ll be because they pursued big dreams or set out to live exciting lives, but awesome adventures happen everywhere and with the amazing people already in our lives. We just have to pay attention, listen for details, and open our eyes.”
For more information, go to tyrelbramwell.com.