Synopsis
Significance of the name
What's unique about EVAN BRAIN!
Classification
Individual Titles
Format
Target audience
The gross factor: why kids love EVAN BRAIN books
Fun Writing Exercise for Kids
Brief author bios
Books create national brand
Media coverage
Media contact
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Synopsis

The EVAN BRAIN! book series is about Evan Brian “Brain” Doyle, co-authored and illustrated by 15-year-old Evan’s own self. They recount the adventures of young Evan and his troubles at home, in school and with his babysitters. Evan, a committed nonconformist then and now, is usually in trouble of one sort or another.

Significance of the name

The memorable title refers to Evan the first grader purposely transposing letters in his middle name to proclaim his superior intelligence and to annoy his teacher.

What's unique about EVAN BRAIN!

The books are a hoot, but the hook is that Evan Brian “Brain” Doyle, 15, co-authored and illustrated these original works… kicking and screaming every painful step of the way as his hapless mother begged, cajoled and threatened. Eve Becker-Doyle says she’s going to choke the next person who asks about the wonderful bonding experience it must be to write books with her teenage son.

Classification

Classified as humor books ages 8 to 80, the EVAN BRAIN! series has something for everyone who likes to laugh. The bold, contemporary design and punchy cartoon graphics holler for attention and grab the eye. The books recount the adventures of young Evan, self-proclaimed nonconformist and bane to those who champion conformity.

Individual titles

  • EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero: (order) The first in the series, this book recounts the hilarious antics and stunts of Evan Doyle, who at age 15 illustrated and co-authored this entertaining book with his long-suffering mother, Eve Becker-Doyle.
  • Evan Brain's Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil: (order) This delightful, sassy sequel catalogues Evan’s bizarre, imaginative Christmas list, and five other stories.
  • Evan Brain Meets Midas the Penny Pincher: (order) This fun, captivating book, the first of several with a financial literacy theme, tackles the subject of earning, saving, borrowing and other money principles in a lively and engaging way. Evan wants to be very clear that Midas is NOT an educational book. Evan has no interest in reading or illustrating educational books, or in learning stuff his mother thinks is important. (Eve: Evan lives in la-la land. The financial literacy books are definitely educational.)
  • Evan Brain and the Christmas Rat: (order) This true story happened on Christmas Eve as the family gathered for a holiday dinner. A humongous rat leapt out of the toilet, wreaking havoc and mayhem. Sounds gross, and it was, but it certainly livened up our quiet holiday celebration.

Format

The first two books, EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero and Evan Brainís Christmas List and Other Shenanigans: Boy Warrior Fights Evil, follow an unconventional format. With two authors, each chapter is presented twice.

For example, hereís how EVAN BRAIN! Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero is constructed. Becker-Doyle has the first word as she writes about Evanís family, Evanís affinity for comics, and Evanís troubles in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and with babysitters. Each story about Evan's escapades is basically true, and includes Evan's original notes, schoolwork, assignments, and communications from disgruntled teachers. Following his motherís version of each chapter is Evanís fantasy rendering of the incident.

At the end of the story are Evanís glossary of weird terms, a photo collection of Evan, and a two-page spread of more sassy cartoons by Evan and his sister Tory.

Target audience

Suitable for ages 8 to 80, the books' naughty boy theme appeals to children. Tweens, teenagers and other Harry Potter enthusiasts are drawn to the fantasy element. Parents identify with the story if they have incorrigible offspring and thank their lucky stars if they don’t. The undecided call it an effective means of birth control. Anyone who’s ever been a child or been acquainted with one can appreciate Evan’s shenanigans. Only committed misanthropes and others determined to keep the joie de vivre at bay need not read this book.

The gross factor: why kids love EVAN BRAIN books

Children today donít like to read. This is a major concern to parents, who know readers are likely to get a better start and chance in life.

Wall Street Journal reporter John Hechinger states one obvious, effective approach. Find something they want to read. The headline to his August 8, 2008 story says it all: “Problem: Boys Donít Like to Read. Solution: Books that are Really Gross.” Violence and gore and bathroom humor.

Enter the EVAN BRAIN! book series, which fits the bill aptly because the books are illustrated and co-authored by a 15-year-old gifted boy addicted to gaming, reads only comics and fantasy, and like so many of his peers, has ADD issues. His co-author and mother Eve Becker-Doyle worried about the political correctness of images in Evanís edgy writing and cartoons. A former childrenís book editor and teacher advised her not to worry. That advice was well taken — boys and girls alike love the books. The Calvin and Hobbes-like stories resonate with readers and non-readers of any age who appreciate sassy, irreverent humor. Read Full Story

Fun Writing Exercise for Kids

Here's an Evan Brain resource for teachers and parents. How do you get boys and girls to write without the use of a cattle prod or firearm? Your best bet is to make it fun and be sure the writing encompasses stuff kids are interested in. The gore will have special appeal for boys.
It's Fun to Write Fantasy

Brief author bios

An association management professional with a master's in journalism, Eve Becker-Doyle is an avid editor. She wields the red pen with enthusiasm, much to the chagrin of her colleagues in her day job at the National Athletic Trainers' Association.

Co-author Evan Doyle’s work experience has been limited to date. Given his present under utilization of educational opportunities and mouse potato inclination, his future may hold a career in food service at the Golden Arches.

Books create national brand

The EVAN BRAIN! series is establishing a national brand. Other titles are in development now. Greeting cards and other items are available through our online product catalog. Becker-Doyle is in licensing discussions now with industry suppliers to launch a branded line of products to the promotional products and premium markets. EVAN BRAIN! Christmas stickers, developed by Gill-line, may be purchased with an advertising imprint through your promotional products distributor.

Media

Media Coverage
EVAN BRAIN! and the authors are featured in the following publications, programs, news services and websites:

Media Contact
Media queen Rachelle Pachtman is handling the national rollout of the EVAN BRAIN! books. For details, contact Pachtman at 212-996-1715, rachelle@pachtman.com.

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