I will be introducing my hometown of Huntington to my latest children’s book, Family of Oz, which features Stewart’s Original Hot Dogs as one of the ingredients of the story. Stewarts’s Original Hot Dogs were a cherished memory of my youth and as such, I felt compelled to immortalize them in the Land of Oz. They are also the creator of and an ongoing sponsor of the West Virginia Hot Dog Festival.
Family of Oz is the third and final volume of the Royal Magician of Oz Trilogy and completes the saga of young Jamie Diggs and his coronation as the new Royal Magician to Princess Ozma; Sovereign Ruler of Oz.
The Royal Magician of Oz Trilogy is a 3 volume tale of magic and wonder that recalls the cherished values of friendship, loyalty and courage. This timeless tale of Oz reminds us of the value of overcoming our deepest fears and conquering the challenges that might otherwise defeat us. Volume One, Magician of Oz; Volume Two, Shadow Demon of Oz and Volume Three, Family of Oz are now available and will be featured during my appearance.
I am currently working on my 5th book in the Oz and/or Wonderland series. #5 is a spin-off of Family of Oz and is called The Ozian Adventure of Pickleless and Blu, all about Nicholas Pickleless (a pickle farmer who hates pickles) and Aadon Blu (the Caretaker of the Pinwheel Fields). The Royal Magician of Oz Trilogy is based on the written works of L. Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) and include The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1899).
I will be speaking out on issues of Oz, literacy and my lifetime of experiences working with youth. Blending decades of experience, both professionally and as a parent & grandparent, with those around me, I will also speak out in encouragement of the youth in attendance and promote the values of literacy which influenced my life, including the vision of the Royal Historian, L. Frank Baum’s and his Land of Oz.
Cabell County Public Library Appearance
In addition to my appearance at the 7th Annual West Virginia Hot Dog Festival on Saturday, July 30th, I will also make a minor journey down the road of red brick to make an appearance at the Cabell County Public Library at 11am, that same morning to promote youth literacy and support the library of my youth. More info can be found at http://cabell.lib.wv.us/ .
Originally a native of Huntington, West Virginia, I currently live in Terre Haute, Indiana with my wife Amanda. We have been married more than 26 years, with a herd of 5 children and 12 grandchildren. My background covers over 26 years in children's education, including experience working for the world's largest children's museum; The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, where I was the Planetarium Educator for SpaceQuest Planetarium. In addition to children's books about Oz, I was recognized by NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a leading developer of web-based educational games, educational exhibit design, curriculum development and implementation. In addition, I am involved in the DiscoverHover program, which is an educational program developing and utilizing hovercraft in a unique and fun way.
I now serve as the Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma; Sovereign Ruler of Oz and endeavors to fulfill Her royal command to tell the tale of Her newest Royal Magician to the children of the Great Outside.
For more info and updates, please contact:
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma
CEO/ Scientia Est Vox Pressmagicianofoz@hotmail.com