Author Gordon R. "Gordie" Little holds a copy of his new children’s book “Little Champy Goes to School,” published by Bloated Toe Publishing, Peru.
Author Gordon R. "Gordie" Little has a new book out and it’s just in time for the completion of the new Lake Champlain Bridge in Crown Point.
“Little Champy Goes to School” — a 63-page hardcover children’s book recently published by Bloated Toe Publishing, Peru — tells the story of “Little Champy,” a young lake monster who lives at the bottom of Lake Champlain.
The story, said Little, is about Little Champy going to school to learn how to undulate.
“Which everyone knows is important for any lake monster to do,” said Little, laughing.
The story features characters like Little Champy’s mother, “Mama Champy;” his father, “Big Champy;” and his grandfather, “Old Champy,” who support him as he as he prepares for the big test of a surface swim near the Lake Champlain Bridge.
“[The book] teaches kids to persevere,” said Little. “It teaches them to do their lessons, pay attention and whatever they do, do their best.”
The story of Little Champy is one Little has been telling for years but only most recently came together in the form of an actual book.
“I’ve told this story to hundreds of school kids and teachers and they all seemed to like it,” said Little.
Little Champy Goes to School originally took place under the old Lake Champlain Bridge, but with
the demolition of the bridge last December changing the story of the bridge, the story of Little Champy was changed, too.
“I was planning to publish it before but then they had the bad sense to blow up the bridge on me,” Little said with a laugh. “When I heard they were going to replace it, that’s when Larry Gooley [owner of Bloated Toe Publishing] and I got together to get this book out before its reopening.”
The book features color illustrations on its front and back covers designed by Les Bradford of Peru.
“Les is an old Korean War pilot who retired from Plattsburgh Air Force Base and he’s a dear, wonderful friend,” said Little. “He’s done a fabulous job.”
Bradford created the cover images by overlaying different colors of construction paper, said Little, resulting in images of both the old Lake Champlain Bridge and a depiction of what the new bridge is expected to look like, with Little Champy swimming along the surface of the lake in the foreground.
Bradford’s artwork, which is also found inside the book, comes together with the story of Little Champy to produce a book Little said has been “selling like crazy.”
Little Champy Goes to School also features historical tidbits about the Lake Champlain Bridge, said Little, which he feels adds to the educational aspect of the book.
“I think kids are really going to like it,” said Little.
Little Champy Goes to School is available at the following locations in Clinton County: Mountain Mart, Altona; Conroy’s Organics, Beekmantown; Dick’s Country Store and Music Oasis, Churubusco; Maggy Pharmacy, Dannemora; Peru Health Mart, Peru; Corner-Stone Bookshop, Plattsburgh; and Cornerstone Drug and Gift, Rouses Point.
Little’s book is also available directly from Bloated Toe Publishing on their website, www.bloatedtoe.com.