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Corporate lawyer Steven London has written a children’s book about the adventures of a new superhero  Cabbage Boy.

The hero of the story is nine-year-old Ralph Spitzle who, at the beginning of summer holidays, is struck by a space orb which leaves him with the power of super flatulence, a power which allows Spitzle, aka Cabbage Boy, to save his town from the evil Cabbage Roller and his cabbage roll minions.

London (who is general counsel and chief compliance officer at Hesperian Capital Management Ltd. & Norrep Funds in Toronto) originally created the story five years ago for his own children (Matthew who is now 14, Maya, 12 and seven-year-old Michael). 

He says that he always thought that he could write a children’s book. He wrote Cabbage Boy in about four months and then, other than reading it to his children, did nothing more with it.

Early in 2013, London, the ex-Winnipeger,  was talking to a colleague in his office about children’s books. The colleague said that he was thinking of writing a children’s book.

“I remembered my own story and thought I could do something with it,” he says.  “I reworked it a little and connected with illustrator Scott Reed in Florida. Scott has done a lot of work for Marvel Comics.  The illustrations he did for The Inconceivable Adventures of Cabbage Boy are amazing.”

London grew up reading superhero comics, and so was inspired to write the story with a classic superhero comic tone.

He reports that the book is intended for children between seven and 11. “Kids think the book is awesome,” he notes.  “I wrote it in a way that would attract reluctant readers – and feedback so far has been really positive in that respect.  It makes me feel great when a parent tells me their child hates to read but loved reading Cabbage Boy.”

The 60-page book is published by Friesen Press.  London is already working on the second book in the series and has plans for six more.  “I hope this takes off,” he says.  “It’s a huge amount of fun.”

The Inconceivable Adventures of Cabbage Boy (Friesen Press) is available online as well as at Chapters stores in the GTA, and McNally Robinson (in Winnipeg). The book is also available through his website – cabbageboy.com.

 

The corporate lawyer, will be signing copies of his new chapter book, The Inconceivable Adventures of Cabbage Boy, at Toronto area Chapters locations  on June 7 (Woodbridge), June 8 (Yorkdale), June 14 (Markham) and June 22 (Bayview Village).

 

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