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The Butterfly Effect is a haunting yet whimsical fable about a child's extraordinary adventure to a place where one's state of mind creates one's reality. Aaron Goodnight, a boy whose parents are separated, finds his way to the strange bubble world of Port Utolea where he befriends an enchanting girl named Leela Watermoon. She invites him to the Royal Butterfly Festival but things do not go as planned. Together they encounter several frightening obstacles and must learn that the path to transformation is through the very things they fear the most. Intended for children 9 years and up. .
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About the Author

Paul Coca
Watermoon St. Helens, Oregon USA

The great scholar of mythology Joseph Campbell tells us “artists are mystics who have a craft”. Taking this to heart, I delve into the mystical side of the human condition and bring back to share with the world the touristy snapshots I have seen along the way. Most are whimsical and playful, but there are shadow lands to visit as well. In addition, sometimes the artist/mystics must use their craft in the commercial world of art to bring to life the dreams of others. I have worked as a production artist for such clients as Disney, Cirque Du Soliel, and Universal Studios. My personal style reflects my illustrative side as I enjoy painting fanciful, dream like images. For me, when I am in the zone, it is easy to see that It is all a wonderful playground to share and enjoy!

Publish Date  October 08, 2009

Dimensions  Standard Portrait  108 pgs Standard Paper

Category  Children

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Watermoon says

If butterflies are free, "The Butterfly Effect" will liberate the reader from the daily humdrum. "Kidderflies", Aaron and Leela, take us on a journey that not only delights endlessly, but also ushers us into a fearsome world. The result is a heightened self-awareness of what growth and reality are. Age-old values such as respect, love, and non-violence punctuate the pages. Indeed, reality is diversity and change in all its complexity. The author's imagery, though sometimes dizzying in abundance and rapidity, is vivid, rapturous, always imaginative, as well as horrific at times. (whew!) Appropriately, the illustrations compliment the images and supply a truly artistic touch. The prose is elegant and free flowing and the verse passages lend texture. In addition, whether by design or a fortuitous bonus, the use of diverse fonts effectively propels the reader's interest; i.e. as the narrative progresses, an anticipated character's utterance is spied. Clever indeed! As to the characters themselves, whimsical is almost an inadequate description. How can one not smile, for instance, at the thought of umbrella-toting snails? Equally, terror and horror are indelibly evoked by Baron Chard and his henchmen.
Although the target readers would most likely be well-read preteens or teens, "The Butterfly Effect" transported this elder reader to an ethereal realm.
Bravo, Paul.

-Mike Colorito

posted at 08:20pm Oct 08 PST


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