Kate and Sam to
              the Rescue
Kate and Sam
              and the Chipmunks of Doom
Kate and Sam
              and the Cheesemonster
Kate and Sam
To the Rescue
(Kate and Sam Adventure #1)

Written and Illustrated by Anne E.G. Nydam
With Additional Illustrations by
Trintje Nydam and Peter Nydam (aged 6)


    One summer evening Sam and Kate’s parents go for a walk.
    “We’re just going around the block,” says Mama, “We’ll be back in fifteen minutes.”  But they do not come back in fifteen minutes.  Where could they be?
    The next morning Kate and Sam discover a mysterious special delivery letter in an iridescent green envelope.  It’s from Mama and Dad, and it says

Dear Kate and Sam,
    We are very sorry we did not get home on time last night as we promised.  Unfortunately, just as we turned the corner of Elm Street, a large, fierce yellow dragon swooped down and carried us off.  He flew a very long way and landed in the middle of the night at a mountain cave.  It is a dreadfully gloomy cave on a dreadfully tall, rocky mountain, but we do have a plan to escape.  The only problem is, it may take us quite a while...

 

    So begin Kate and Sam’s adventures to rescue their parents.  Along the way they learn from their pet cat how to speak with animals, and they make many friends – which is lucky, because they’ll encounter wolves, robbers, angry bees, fairies, magical traps and puzzles, the yellow dragon, and more.  But have no fear!  Sam, Kate, and their companions are kind and resourceful enough to solve any problem.

I invite you to read a preview here.

Read-aloud for ages 4 - 8, independent reading level 3rd grade-ish


Trade paperback book, 144 pages, with 30+ b&w illustrations:  $10

Available on amazon.com.
Also at lulu.com.

ISBN 978-1469967622

ISBN 978-0-9822766-5-5
Kate and Sam and the
Chipmunks of Doom
(Kate and Sam Adventure #2)

Written and Illustrated by Anne E.G. Nydam
With Additional Illustrations by

Trintje Nydam and Peter Nydam (aged 7)



    Kate and Sam are off on another adventure - without even leaving their yard. Why are the horrible chipmunks plotting to dig a hole right into Kate and Sam's house? And what have they done to the brave earthworm who tries to investigate? Kate and Sam must rescue their friend and save the house, and to do so they'll have to snorkel along secret underground streams and find their way through the burrow of the Chipmunks of Doom.  Luckily they have the help of old friends and new, including Nasturtium and the Fairy Godmother, as well as a pair of magic rabbits, a story-telling toad, fairies, genies, and more.  And, as ever,  Sam and Kate's creativity and kindness will help ensure that everything turns out happily ever after.

Read-aloud for ages 4 - 8, independent reading level 3rd grade-ish


Trade paperback book, 121 pages, with 40+ b&w illustrations:  $10


Please preview the first two chapters here (or try the "Look Inside" feature at amazon.com.)

Available on amazon.com.
Also at lulu.com.

ISBN 978-0-9822766-6-2
Kate and Sam and the
Cheesemonster
(Kate and Sam Adventure #3)

Written and Illustrated by Anne E.G. Nydam
With Additional Illustrations by

Trintje Nydam and Peter Nydam (aged 9)



    When the cows are stolen from a nearby farm, Sam and Kate think it’s a job for the police… until they realize that solving this strange crime will require help from the neighborhood birds and beasts.  That means it’s another adventure for Kate and Sam, the only humans who can speak animal language.

    But why does the strange thief steal a cow-spotted mailbox?  How many thieves are there anyway?  And most mysterious of all, what kind of monster is leaving huge, round footprints that smell like cheese?  It’s a good thing Kate and Sam get help from animals large and small as they struggle to solve these puzzles and rescue all the prisoners of the Cheesemonster.  There will be beetles and robots, dragons and fairies, monsters and clues and disguises.  But never fear!  Through darkest night and deepest swamp Sam, Kate, and their friends old and new will use all their creativity, courage, and common sense to save the day once again.

    The third adventure in the Kate and Sam trilogy joins the others as a perfect read-aloud to be enjoyed with children of many ages.  Emphasizing the power of kindness, creativity and courage, these books are gentle enough for pre-schoolers at bedtime, but complex, humorous, and engaging enough not only for older elementary children, but even for adults reading to them.


Read-aloud for ages 4 - 8, independent reading level 3rd grade-ish

(You can read a blog post about the writing of this book here: The Cheesemonster Cometh!)

Trade paperback book, 140 pages, with 40+ b&w illustrations:  $10



Available on amazon.com.

ISBN 978-1469979410
Praise for Kate and Sam to the Rescue

What a wonderful, lovely book!  Written in the spirit of C.S. Lewis, by an adult who definitely knows about kids and magical thinking, it makes me want to move in with my grandchildren so I can read it to them from cover to cover.        - Carol Booth


A delightful adventure that appealed to BOTH our son and daughter (not easy to do)... A great read-aloud book.    - J.F. Srinivas

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