About Face is a picture book for children including release in a variety of digital platforms. The book was launched at the South Australian Writers’ Centre on June 5, 2011. About Face is now available in all bookstores or from IP Kidz, RRP $26.00.
Author’s face has a mind of its own…
HAVING your eyeballs fall out of your head and your ears drop off is usually the stuff of nightmares – but for author Robert Moore, it’s all he’s been thinking about since 1981.
The Eden Hills local’s children’s book About Face has finally seen the light of day, after 30 years of trying to get it published.
The quirky picture book centres on a dream where the eyes, nose and mouth become detached from the narrator’s face, taking on lives of their own.
The former drama teacher initially struggled to find a publisher willing to take on the book because of its unusual content, but finally had luck with Queensland publisher IP Kidz.
He attributes his newfound success to the advent of alternative platforms for books, such as iPads and e-readers.
“I initially sent it to a publisher in the 1980s and they thought the story was very disturbing,” Mr Moore said.
“It’s the right timing for this stuff because we can release it on different platforms for the iPad, the iPhone and in e-book formats.”
Mr Moore said the idea for his book came from a game he used to play with his drama students, encouraging them to imagine their body parts falling off as a relaxation technique. The 62 year old hopes the book will teach children how to use their imagination.
“The book is about the face we show to the world,” Mr Moore said.
“I would like to think it will teach them to access their own deeper imaginations.”
Graphic design company Monkeystack provided the images for Mr Moore’s outlandish creation, which he hopes will become a series.
By Nadine Bishop, Hills and Valley Messenger, 31 May, 2011.
Buzz Words November 30, 2011
The bold cover of About Face invites young readers into this humorous story in which each of the facial features becomes an independent character. Nose even has a bandaid across the bridge and mouth has a missing tooth, just like the children who will enjoy this book. Each eye and ear, the nose and mouth all work together using their different functions in a surreptitious adventure to make raspberry pies while having fun dancing to lively music.
The vibrant colours of the illustrations against the darker background will immediately capture a child’s interest and be a source of discussion. The text stands out boldly, printed in white against the dark blue background of each page, making it easy for a young reader to follow the words. In the final pages, the child who has dreamed of the fun adventure wakes up to the reality of an earache, a runny nose, watery eyes and cracked lips.
Young children will enjoy having this book read to them or reading it themselves and will have a giggle at the characters up to mischief. The book could be complemented with songs and rhymes about the face and body and be a useful resource in a unit of work on the senses.
SA Weekend July 02, 2011 p. 29 (front page of lift-out from The Advertiser)
Eden Hills writer Robert Moore’s primary-age picturebook tells the story of a dream in which a boy’s facial features take on a rumbustious night-life of their own. Eyes, ears, lips and nose, pictured in plastic technicolour by Adelaide company Monkeystack, slide off their face and explore the house, burning pies in the kitchen, indulging in reggae in the living room and arguing about the earphones over which the ears not unnaturally claim a monopoly. Some fun is had with expressions such as “eye-popping” and “all ears”, but in general the features behave like any kids having a bit of a midnight knees-up and needing a day in bed to recover. NB Those yellow flowers might pass as tulips but they’re never cyclamens.
Sunday Tasmanian September 04, 2011 p. 2
Former Tasmanian robert Moore has created an appealing picture book that takes readers on a midnight caper in the kitchen with a small boy’s ears, eyes, nose and mouth.
As they cook raspberry pie and turn up the stereo for a dance, the organs of sight, sound, taste and smell each get to do their thing, giving young readers the chance to learn about their own faces and the senses. About Face has a modern, digitally-created look, but is still charming and old-fashioned in it’s simplicity, harking back to the days of Mr Potato Head, when life was simpler and sweeter.
• Robert’s cousin, radio personality Richard Moore, will launch About Face at the Hobart Bookshop on December 3, but the book is already available.
Photos from the Adelaide Launch…
Last night I had a funny dream.
My eyes jumped out of their sockets.
My nose fell on the floor.
My ears unscrewed themselves.
Then my lips slid off my mouth and opened the door.
‘Come on,’ Lips said to Eyes.
‘Come on,’ Eyes said to Ears.
‘Come on,’ Ears said to Nose.
‘Don’t forget to sniff,’ said Nose.
Eyes, Ears and Nose followed Lips into the kitchen.
Lips closed the door.
Nose sniffed around for things to eat.
Eyes got out a mixing bowl, flour, eggs, butter, sugar and fresh raspberries.
‘We’ll make pies,’ said Eyes.
‘There’s nothing better than Eyes’ pies.’
© Robert Moore
Robert’s book Pecking Disorder is available online through MLR Press in the US.
Robert signed copies at the GayRomLit conference in Albuquerque in October 2012.
It is 1971 Hobart, Tasmania. Ross Mayne is boarding at an education department hostel to complete Year 12. He has been away from the family farm for a month. The night before he returns home buddy Michael Nichols, climbs into his bed.
An anxious weekend of disclosures and secrets follow. Ross’s older brother Phillip leaves home in a hurry. Fearing what people might say, the Mayne family fabricates a story about Phillip’s departure. Ross is offered the family farm.
Despite the need for silence, Ross and Michael get it together in a night of sustained passion underneath the Southern Cross.