The Green Children



Book: The Green Children

Author: Kenny Chumbley

Illustrator: Nadya Ruvinsky

Publisher: Prairie Papers, 2016

ISBN-13: 978-0-6924-6458-8

ISBN-10: 0-6924-6458-8

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Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Ages 6-10

Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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Chumbley, Kenny.  The Green Children (published in 2016 by Prairie Papers, Rantoul, IL).  On an emerald isle near an enchanted green forest is the village of Ballybogey.  In the nearby forest live the Otherfolk, such as gnomes, brownies, hobgoblins, and green children.  Otherfolk love music, though they have no bells, and as long as they remain in the forest they are protected, but outside of the forest the sun saps their strength.  One day two inseparable green children, Bud and Blossom, hear bells and wander into Ballybogey.  When their strength is gone, they are captured by Ennis and Orin, henchmen of the evil Squire Scrum, who imprisons them and plans to use them to make money.   What diabolical plot does he have in mind?  Can they escape?  Will they ever be able to return to their home in the great forest?

Based on a twelfth-century English legend as told by Jim McGuiggan, The Green Children is a charming and delightful story with a lesson of loyal friendship.  There are other important features as well.  For example, why did Squire Scrum feel that he could abuse and mistreat Bud and Blossom?  “He told himself that because the children were different—because they were green—they really weren’t children!”   What a great message!  This children’s fantasy tale was initially made available in 2012 as a forty-minute adventure on CD.  Author Kenny Chumbley has recently had 100 copies of the book privately printed with a couple of options on having it published including an offer from a literary agency whose firm places books with the larger Manhattan publishers.  Youngsters will love it.

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    For Immediate Release
    Children’s Literary Classics

    Children’s Literary Classics is pleased to announce that the children’s picture book, The Green Children, by Kenny Chumbley and Jim McGuiggan and illustrated by Nadya Ruvinsky, has been selected to receive the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval. The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Children’s Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.

    Deep within the forest of Ballybogey lies a world so lovely, so entirely enchanting that one can scarcely imagine it. Therein dwells a host of fantastic beings called Otherfolk. The Otherfolk are unlike any people our world has ever known. Sure, there have been whispers of strange happenings and unusual beings, but few people can truly attest to their existence. So when two green children wander away from their home in Ballybogey, it stands to reason that people in the village nearby might be curious. But when curiosity and greed get the best of the situation, things may turn dire for our little green friends.

    Kenny Chumbley and Jim McGuiggan have teamed up to pen an outstanding children’s picture book about the incredible bond that exists between the truest of friends. Interspersed within this tale is an underlying message that if we’re not careful, sometimes we may allow fear of others who are different from us to cloud our judgment. Eloquently penned and exquisitely told, The Green Children has much to offer young readers in this engaging tale which resonates with a powerful message of unconditional love.

    The Green Children comes highly recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

    Children’s Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in children’s literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic children’s literature which appeals to youth while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations. To learn more about Children’s Literary Classics, you may visit their website at or


    Tradition continues with the arrival of one of the most anticipated moments in the world of children’s and young adult literature. The 2017 Literary Classics Book Award Finalists and Top Honors Book Awards Finalists have been announced. Selected from submissions by entrants around the globe, these distinguished honorees are recognized for their contributions to the craft of writing, illustrating, and publishing exceptional literature for a youth audience. In this highly competitive industry these books represent the foremost in literature in their respective categories.

    The competition this year was tremendous, and we congratulate all of the finalists for their outstanding and inspiring work. Final awards, categories and levels will be announced on July 1, 2017. All Silver, Gold and Top Honors award recipients will be invited to attend a writers’ conference, awards ceremony, formal gala, and authors’ book signing to be held in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival, Labor Day Weekend, 2017.

    The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize this year’s titles in literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics award selection committee.

    Dorothea Jensen A Buss from Lafayette BQB Publishing
    Kenny Chumbley Jim McGuiggan The Green Children Prairie Papers
    Jenna Elizabeth Johnson Faeborne Create Space
    K.S. Jones Black Lightning Mirror World Publishing

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