Socially conscious monster series aims to help kids understand the value of friendship, teamwork and doing the right thing
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (March 26, 2018) — Children’s television writer, author, composer and filmmaker Stewart St John announces the debut of Little Spooky Troop And The Buried Treasure, a children’s picture book featuring junior versions of his monster kid franchise, Spooky Troop. Physical copies of the book will be released from Wonkybot Publishing and available at Wonkybot Studios and other retailers on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Books can be pre-ordered today, exclusively at wonkybot.com
Centering around a group of seven friendly creature kids from diverse monster backgrounds, Little Spooky Troop And The Buried Treasure tells the story of Willie the Werewolf who finds a treasure map while surfing on Moonlight Beach and enlists his friends Stewart the Sorcerer, Valerie the Vampire, Zianna the Zombie, Todd the Oddbot, Michael the Monster and Delilah the Demon to help find the treasure — and return it to its rightful owner.
“It’s a story about teamwork between monsters who aren’t supposed to get along with each other because they come from different monster backgrounds,” said St John. “I’m so excited to launch this book and show kids the power of coming together and doing the right thing. I think these are important values to be instilling in the minds of little ones!”
Illustrated by Ryan Mabe, the 26-page book introduces readers to a wonderful, enchanting world where the self-described ‘Spooky Troop’ like to hang out in an old haunted house and help the inhabitants of their strange but charming world.
Though this is the first book in the ‘Little Spooky Troop’ series, it’s actually based on St John’s Spooky Troop franchise which includes an audiobook series, stage musical and forthcoming graphic novel.
“The characters are aged up in those other projects,” explains St John. “Little Spooky Troop takes them back to when they are young and just discovering who they are. It’s a magical, innocent time and sets the foundation of their friendship — which will be tested when they eventually grow up!”