Bedtime stories are the foundation of anyone’s childhood, and everyone knows the tales that had the most lasting impact on their lives: Dr. Seuss, the Berenstein Bears, the list goes on and on.
As the years go on and the world evolves, so do the stories we look to tell our children (or in my case, my niece and nephew.)
Derek Siskin, author of Legend of the Dadman, and his co-creator Ryan Alovis are following up their debut book with Girl with the Blue Hair, the second entry in The Bedtime Chronicles series.
Centered on the Rimes family, there’s the parents, Stan and Pam, their son, Benny, and their daughter, Mary Lou, the eponymous blue-haired girl. There’s also the family’s pet bunny/spirit animal, Hip-Hop, who is “pretty chill hence the shades and the flip-flops.”
Each book is told to Benny by one of his family members as a bedtime story, with Girl with the Blue Hair following Mary Lou as she tells the story of her encounter with the school bully and the ensuing series of events that led to her blue hair.
We sat down with Siskin and Alovis to get the full rundown of the new book, what inspired them to do this, and what’s up next.