Jana Bent to start third Shaggy Parrot book

Jana Bent to start third Shaggy Parrot book

Written by Editor

Topics: Environment, Literature, Music

Following the recent release of “The Reggae Band Rescues Mama Edda Leatherback”, the sequel to “Shaggy Parrot and the Reggae Band”, author Jana Bent will in shortly begin penning the third instalment of the popular interactive children’s storybook series, which features the voice of diamond-selling reggae superstar Shaggy as the lead character. The series focusses on early childhood education themes approved for ages 0-8 years and environmental protection messages, and also contains authentic reggae music on the narration CD.

“I am starting a third book this week and intend to finish it in April 2012. I am moving to Washington DC in a few days for at least a year to spread the word on the books and build our following,” she told Pree Jamaica after her September 17 listening session/reading of “The Reggae Band Rescues Mama Edda Leatherback” at Bookland in New Kingston.

She indicated that the response so far to the series has been overwhelming, as she has been invited to do readings of her new work at five locations in the past two weeks and orders have been coming in from gift shops and independent book stores in the Jamaica, Antigua and the US.

“I spent four days in Florida and got the first book into 90 stores in that state, and I spent seven days in Washington DC and did readings to 700 kids, teachers and parents,” said Bent, who is owner and project director at KQC Enterprises, makers of the Reggae Pickney™ brand of children’s edutainment products with Jamaican and Caribbean educational content.

The series came into being after after the birth of Bent’s daughter, at a time when she was seeking other outlets of expression as a songwriter. Having seen some of the Disney CD storybooks, she decided that this would be a good way to channel her creative energies. She benfited from the support of her brother, Rupert Bent III – a producer and multi-instrumentalist, and the rest, as they say, is history.

“Making it fully Jamaican using our music and culture, I then added the environmental messages as a means of giving back something of importance to the world.”

The second book was inspired by the environmental issue of waste disposal, and Bent was guided by the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in addressing the issue from the angle of the effect on the sea turtles. These reptiles are now endangered, as many of them mistake clear plastic bags floating in the sea for their favorite food – jellyfish – and die after ingesting them. WIDECAST, the sea turtle authority for this hemisphere, and the Dudley Grant Memorial Trust for early childhood development in Jamaica, are also among the entities that have endorsed the book.

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