I have a penchant for children’s books, many people people misunderstand the genre and think that they are something that can be slapped together in a couple of hours, add a few illustrations, and then sit back and watch the money roll in. How wrong these people are!
I could write a book on the art and science of the genre. One key component is educational value, taking a complex ‘adult’ theme and bringing it into the world of a child, in terms they can relate to is nothing short of inspired.
This is where Jason Simons with his new book The Day Debt Moved In has excelled. There is little doubt that the most troubling problem in America today is the economy. Foreclosures, layoffs, and spiraling Credit Card interest rates have places many middle class families in a situation that 10 years ago seemed impossible. The American Dream has become the American Nightmare for millions.
I have nothing but admiration for Jason Simons, to take such a complex subject and create the book The Day Debt Moved In takes a great deal of work.
The story line is simple, Rodger wakes up one morning and is delighted to hear the news that school has been canceled because of a heavy snow fall. However, he can also hear his parents having a furious argument downstairs. Rather than walk into a fight he seeks solace with his younger sister Nancy, who he finds crying in her room, she is as distraught as he is over the loud voices.
Finally plucking up courage he ventures downstairs, the fight is over, but clearly a problem persists. The source seems to be a pile of papers on the table that are all stamped in red Past Overdue.
I wonder how often this scenario gets played in households everyday? Roger does his best to help, and maybe he does. I will leave the rest of the story for the reader to discover.
I mentioned earlier that I am a huge fan of children’s books. I am not so pompous as to call myself an expert, but I do tend to look at them in a slightly different light than some. The Day Debt Moved In is aimed at the children, but there is an equally strong message for the parents.
Children are incredibly perceptive, and far more intelligent than we give them credit for. I think that Jason Simons wrote The Day Debt Moved In just as much for adults as he did children. The message I came away with was be honest with your children. They will not understand Sub Prime mortgages, or compound interest, but they will understand financial problems if you take the time to explain them.
Children are resilient, they hate change one day, and the next day embrace it. If you in a financial crisis please try The Day Debt Moved In by Jason Simons.
I hope to be interviewing Jason Simons in the next few days and I have to say that I am looking forward to doing so. I can’t wait to find out if my theory about The Day Debt Moved In is fact!
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