Reagent Press Author Robert Stanek Takes Readers on a Journey to Bugville
One million readers have been to Bugville and so has author Robert Stanek. Robert Stanek's remarkable writing career has spanned more than 30 years. Join Robert Stanek and his readers as they "Go to Camp" with the Bugville Critters and find adventure and inspiration. "Go to Camp" is available for the first time in a HD edition for iBooks and available in the Apple iTunes store.
One million readers have been to Bugville and so has author Robert Stanek. Robert Stanek quietly worked on the Bugville Critters for 15 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 exactly what Robert Stanek set out to do in 2004.
Robert Stanek's remarkable writing career has spanned more than 30 years. During this time, he has become one of the more widely read authors of our time, with books sold in 34 languages in over 50 countries and more than 50 bestsellers. His more than 150 works of fiction and nonfiction range broadly in literary genres from action/adventure, mystery and suspense to science fiction and fantasy, in subject areas from computer technology to military memoir, and in children's picture books for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary school readers.
Not only is Robert Stanek astonishingly prolific, his life experiences and travels have taken him through all 50 states and many countries around the world. In his youth, he worked as a roofer, builder’s helper, stock boy, gardener, auctioneer’s assistant, and more. His military career as an Intelligence analyst and combat flyer took him to the far corners of the world from Asia and the South Pacific to Europe and the UK. In addition to being a writer and technology journalist, he is an illustrator, a photographer, an educator, and an explorer.
Robert Stanek's sense of adventure may began at Camp Timber-Lee in East Troy, Wisconsin for Camp Timber-Lee sure was the inspiration behind "Go to Camp," an illustrated children's picture book featuring the Bugville Critters. 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. School and the library were places Robert 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. He 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 and Treasure Island inspired his earliest stories.
“Just thinking about Camp Timber-Lee brings a flood of memories for me of fellowship, fun-filled activities, and new adventures,” Robert Stanek said.
Robert Stanek went on to say, “Buster’s adventures in ‘Go to Camp’ are based on my own childhood memories. His anxiety over going to camp is what I felt that first time. I think every child is a little worried about going to summer camp, especially ones where you stay at camp for a few weeks.
“Camper Becca, the camp counselor, Buster meets is modeled on memories of one of my favorite camp counselors. Female counselors aren’t assigned to boys, but campers do see them throughout the day at various activities and meal times.
“The activities Buster does at camp are very much the activities I did at camp. Camp is where I learned to swim and sail. It’s where I learned to paddle a canoe and kayak. It also where I learned about nature and what inspired a lifelong love of nature and the outdoors.
“And yes, it’s true not every child at camp is good by nature. But as in the book, those who try and want to change can, and they can become good friends too.”
Ask, and Robert will tell you another special thing about camp: Meals were included. As a journalist, Robert has written for PC Magazine, Dr. Dobbs, TechNet Magazine and 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.robertstanek.com. Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere.
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