Join Reagent Press Author Robert Stanek as He Talks About the Inspiration Behind His Bugville Critters Books
Robert Stanek quietly worked on the Bugville Critters for many years, satisfied with only the gleeful cheers, laughs and giggles of his children who delighted to hear his tales of Bugville and a little bug called Buster. As his children got older, they urged him to get the books published so other children could enjoy them as much as they did, and that’s what he set out to do in 2004. Now there are over 100 Bugville Critters books.
For those who don’t know, Robert Stanek is a name of the more familiar best-selling author William Stanek. When his first book was published in 1994 (writing as William R. Stanek), Robert Stanek already had a distinguished career in the military, having earned many awards and accommodations for his exceptional service, including the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Air Medal, and the U.S.A.’s highest flying honor, the Distinguished Flying Cross. It wasn’t until 1996 that he decided to pursue his lifelong love of writing as a full-time profession.
As a young child, Robert Stanek’s family was very poor. He was one of five children raised by a single mom. When asked, Robert recalls clearly days and weeks where flour and water pancakes were the only meals at home and school lunch was the only real food he ate. For Robert, school and the library were places he could escape the poverty and violence that filled his early life.
His lifelong love of reading and writing began in the libraries of Racine and Kenosha Wisconsin, and in the classrooms of Janes Elementary School in Racine, Wisconsin. Robert Stanek started penning his first stories and keeping a journal as soon as he was old enough to hold a pencil and write on paper. He always had a book, a notebook or both in hand and books like Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and The Call of the Wild inspired his earliest stories.
“One of my favorite Bugville books is 'Visit the Library.' When I wrote 'Visit the Library,' I tried to capture the absolute sense of wonder that I feel every time I walk into a library—even as an adult,” Robert Stanek said. “I wanted kids to know that this was a place you could go to escape and discover.
“A librarian helps Buster and his friends find books to read. Buster ends up buried in a pile of pirate books while Barry finds a book on surfing. Cat finds a book on princesses, and Lass finds a book on origami.
“Buster and his friends read the books at the library. They use the library’s computers to find more information on dolphins. If you look above the computer, a poster with William Tell reminds them to use the computer wisely.
“Buster and his friends participate in story time where a library reads ‘Happy Little Lady Bug.’ It’s all meant to be fun and funny.”
As a technology journalist, Robert Stanek has written for PC Magazine, Dr. Dobbs, TechNet Magazine and a variety of other leading magazines. As a technology writer, he’s has written for Simon & Schuster, Random House, Macmillan, Pearson, Microsoft, O’Reilly and other publishers. Of that, he says, “What I love most is writing books that help people. My technical articles and books have helped millions of readers learn essential job skills. I want my children’s books to help kids learn essential life skills.”
For more information, visit www.bugvillecritters.com and www.robert-stanek.com.
Visit the Library (Bugville Critters)
RP Books & Audio - Reagent Press
ISBN: 9781575451763 $8.99 28pp
Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere.
RP Books & Audio was founded in 1994 as Virtual Press. Our products fall into four major categories: children's fiction, teen fiction, adult fiction and nonfiction. Our imprints include Reagent Press, Reagent Press Books for Young Readers, RP Audio, RP Audio Kids, and Classroom-To-Go. www.reagentpress.com