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THE BOY WHO OWNED A CANDY STORE

Are your children hopelessly obsessed with candy? Of course they are! That's why we made a book that shows them what would happen if they got exactly what they want. Also, we hope you don't mind, but we snuck in a few lessons about moderation, listening to your parents, and the pitfalls of trying to please everybody at once.
[Ideal for ages 3-8]

THE STRONGEST MAN

Want to teach your children about bullying, true strength, Ancient Greece, and the Olympics? Well, here's a little story about the origin of the most popular sporting event in world history. We're not saying this is exactly how the Olympics happened, but you can't prove this isn't how it happened, so...

[Ideal for ages 4-8]

THE STORM

It's hard work being a drop in a storm, but it's even harder when you're in love with another drop. Between the wind and lightning, trees and rivers, fear and despair, you'd think it's impossible for our heroes to get back together. But there's something you're forgetting: Everything happens for a reason, and it all works out in the end.
[Ideal for ages 4-8]

BEFORE GRAVITY

After misunderstanding a history lesson, a little boy imagines a world before Isaac Newton INVENTED gravity. A world where people fly like birds, tie their belongings to their houses, and wind up in space if they jump too high. Teach your children why it's important to pay attention when their teachers speak!
[Ideal for ages 4-8]

THE TALLEST HOUSE

There once was a perfect town full of the best people, who each had a house that was the same size.... until one little pig decided to build her house a little bigger. As everyone competes to build the biggest house in town, one humble tortoise is the only one who is happy with what he has.
[Ideal for ages 3-8]

THE DRAGON KINGS

The Dragon Kings ruled peacefully, until they decided to break the one rule they were given by the great Wizard: Don't take the gold from the  mountain. Each day that the dragons continue to steal, the Wizard takes away one of their powers, and Luna the Princess is on a mission to put an end to the cursing before it's too late!
[Ideal for ages 4-8]

UP AND AWAY

Annabelle doesn't like being tied up inside while the other balloons get to fly free, so she sneaks out of her house and begins to rise. She passes trees, mountains, the machines that make clouds, the flyways for traveling birds, the cheesecake restaurant on the moon, and more!! In the end, she learns that home is the best place to be.
[Ideal for ages 3-8]

FINDING THE MOON

This little girl can't go to sleep without something to keep the darkness away, so when the moon disappears, she goes on an adventure to find it. Along the way, she realizes that she's not the only creature out there who's afraid of the dark, and the moon's disappearance was no accident...
[Ideal for ages 3-8]

 
 

MAKING DREAMS

Most people dream on their own, but in this town, everyone shares one dream each night. It's designed by the wild dream creator, Finnegan DuFry, and everyone usually has a great time in his dreams. But one day, DuFry vanishes, and the dream world vanishes with him. Now it's up to one little girl to teach everyone how to find their own dreams.
[Ideal for ages 4-8]

BREAKING RULES

Every child wants to break rules. It seems obvious why the rules have been created, so breaking them doesn't seem so bad. In this book we explore what REALLY happens when you break the rules in the world's biggest, wildest amusement park. Spoiler alert: It's not what you'd expect!
[Ideal for ages 4-8]

GREEN MEANS GO

There was once a streetlight that would only change if the button had been pressed, which was fine until someone fell asleep by the light and everyone who showed up after him assumed that he had pressed it. The line backed up through the town, which included a parade in full-swing, and eventually it made its way around the entire world, and it was a mess. You should really read it for yourself.
[Ideal for ages 4-8]

BEFORE THE FEAR OF SPIDERS

In the year number 2, spiders were everyone's favorite pet. They were cute and cuddly and made beautiful webs. It wasn't until one little spider caught a wishing worm and wished to be scary, that spiders became everyone's worst fear. Come learn the story behind the most misunderstood creature on earth and maybe conquer your own fear in the process!
[Ideal for ages 3-8]

TIED TOGETHER

In a world where everyone is tied to one other person, life can be pretty difficult. Usually, it's pretty good, but there's one pair that's looking to get untied. Legend has it that there is a magic key maker who can get the job done, so they go on an adventure to the key maker's house on the edge of the sun. In the end, they learn that the only thing you can really change is yourself. 
[Ideal for ages 4-8]

A WORLD OF THREE COLORS

There was once a time where the world was divided -  Yellow people, blue people, and red people - and none of them knew that the others existed... Until two curious people found each other and began to blend the colors together. In the end, the world is a beautiful mix, like the one we live in now.
[Ideal for ages 4-8]


WHERE LOST THINGS GO

Have you ever wondered where one of each sock goes when you do your laundry? Or that old toy you or your child used to love? Or the magical creatures from old stories that don't seem to exist anymore? Well, come join Tommy when he follows a vanishing trophy into the world of lost things, and learn a lesson in appreciation. 

[Ideal for ages 3-8]

THE FIRST SONG

Journey back to the time before the world had ever heard music. A time when nightingales were the only creatures that could sing, and they did it in secret, away from the snarling beasts on the ground below them. Teach your children how to stand up for themselves, be compassionate even to the meanest people, and share their gifts with the world.
[Ideal for ages 4-8]

THE ANT KING

We've all had to own up to our delusions... but no one has ever been as delusional as the narcissistic ant who thought he was the king of the world. And he would still think that today, if he hadn't fallen from his tree and embarked on the greatest adventure of his life, where he learned the ultimate lesson: being part of something bigger than yourself is much better than being the biggest ant in the tree.
[Ideal for ages 3-8]

THE FIRSTS

A lot of people had to have the courage to try something new in order to turn our world into the perfect place it is today. Oliver Hornloff had to plant trees in the ground instead of in the walls, Molly Tomsoo had to climb out of her human cage and treat animals like pets, and there are lots of other pioneers to learn about too! Come learn our real history in "The Firsts".

[Ideal for ages 4-8]

OUR LITTLE NINJA

Raising a child is never easy, but when Joe and Holly discover that their baby is a NINJA, they know they're going to have it rough. From pacifiers being thrown like throwing stars, to taking care of the biggest bullies on the playground, nothing is normal for these parents ever again. In the end, we all learn a little lesson about raising tricky kids.
[Ideal for ages 4-8]

 

A MESSAGE

 

FROM LOVING PARENTS

TO BELOVED CHILDREN

The world is the best place to follow your dreams,

No matter how hopeless or crazy it seems.

So go out and try, even just once or twice,

And remember to come back to us for advice.

As your parents, we always know what you should do

'Cause we know about people, especially you.

We know doing your best is the best way to live,

And the more that you do, the more you can give.

And the more that you give, the more happy you'll be,

So start giving now, and I promise you'll see.

You'll see how it feels to put smiles on faces

When you help make our planet the best of all places.


But sometimes your dreams won't work out how you'd like,

And the path that you're walking will feel like a hike,

Up the steepest of mountains, the highest of hills,

You might come to the thought that you don't have the skills.

So my love(s), if it hurts you when life starts to sting,

Just think about home and remember two things:

Remember we love you for all that you are,

Every smile and sneeze, every slip, every scar.

And remember we'll always be here for support

Because helping our kids is our favorite sport. 

 
 

ABOUT US

We started as students at California State University Northridge, writing and illustrating between classes, homework, and extra curricular activities. By self-publishing, we've managed to maintain 100% creative freedom throughout every element of the storytelling process. Of course, we are careful not to cross any inappropriate lines, but beyond that we choose the subject matter, artistic style, the layout of every page, and every word and detail that fills them. Many of our illustrators are graphic design students or alumni from CSUN's prestigious program. It gives us great pleasure to provide eager young minds with the opportunity to bring their dreams to life, and they never cease to amaze us with their ever-advancing modern styles. 


We have no intention of stopping anytime soon. As long as our stories continue to inspire and entertain you and your children, we promise to continue making more. It's completely selfish, honestly. We love laying in bed at night with huge smiles on our faces, knowing that we're enriching the curious minds of the next generation.

Since our goals really do revolve entirely around you, we'd love to hear your feedback. If you have any thoughts, suggestions, comments, notes, questions, compliments, or things you want to get off your chest, please let us know at GrandpaHerbiesStories@gmail.com.

 

MEET THE TEAM

 

JESSE ORENSHEIN

Founder, Chief Author

Jesse graduated from California State University Northridge with a degree in Screenwriting, which is a passion he's been pursuing adamantly since he was 13 years old. He shifted his focus to children's books during his sophomore year in college and began collaborating with graphic design students at CSUN. Jesse founded Grandpa Herbie's Stories with the intention of creating a hub for rhyming, moral adventures, which are his favorite kind of children's books. To date, Jesse has written every book in our catalog. The company is named after Jesse's grandfather who is always reciting stories and poems by heart. We still have no idea if he's making them up himself. We've decided it doesn't matter.

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Instagram: The_Author_Jesse

LOUISE CALVENTO

Illustrator (The Boy Who Owned A Candy Store; A World Of Three Colors)

Louise Calvento, although born in the Philippines, spent most of her life growing up in California.  She is an illustrator and animator who graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor's Degree in Arts. The Boy who Owned a Candy Store is Louise Calvento's debut into the illustration world. With the use of bright, colorful designs, adorable characters, and of course, a lot of candy, she was simply able to bring this exciting story about a little boy who loves sweets to life. This book, along with future projects, are just part of her journey in fulfilling her goal as an artist, which is to spread smiles around the world one creation at a time. 
Instagram: Ouishie

MADISON LOVO

Illustrator (The Strongest Man)

Madison Lovo is an illustrator and graphic designer from Southern California. She loves spending quality time with her cat, traveling, and eating yummy food, ideally all at once. She loves pulling from all of her experiences and the natural beauty in the world and letting it inspire her work, as well as embracing and finding joy in the simple things. Please feel free to check out more of her work on her website: http://madisonlovoart.weebly.com/

Instagram: Mads_Illustrated

ANNA COLEMAN

Illustrator (The Storm; Up And Away)

Anna Coleman is a Freelance Illustrator from Deltona, Florida who specializes in colorful, detailed illustrations. She works mainly in digital illustration, but has a long standing love for gouache paint as well. Anna graduated from Flagler College in 2011 with a BFA in Fine Art, and a minor in Illustration. She has been doing freelance work full-time since 2016. Her work includes stationery design, product design, branding, portrait commissions and children’s book illustration. Anna shares her home with her husband Zac, her dog Bridget, and her finches Orville and Wilbur. She’s also a coffee enthusiast and a collector of house plants.

Instagram: AnnaKColeman

ANDREA VEGA

Illustrator (Before Gravity; Before The Fear Of Spiders)

Andrea Vega is an illustrator and graphic designer from San Sebastián, Spain. She has been drawing since she could hold a pencil in her hand. She graduated in 2D and 3D modeling design and animation and soon after in Graphic Design and Illustration. Cartoon style is her favorite, which with its bright colors, brings her a sense of fun and happiness. Her work includes the design of corporate identity manuals, stationery, logotypes, stickers, and illustrations. In addition to illustrating, she also loves to watch movies, series, and spend time with her friends.

Instagram: Aurindrea

DANNEL RESKALA

Illustrator (The Tallest House; The Firsts)

Dannel Reskala is an architect and illustrator from Jakarta, Indonesia. He has loved drawing since he was a kid. He also loves reading and collecting comic books, from western comics to Japanese manga, which has become a key component of his artistic foundation. He grew up watching lots of cartoons and animations, which also influence a lot of his art style. He currently loves to draw strange, colorful creatures, drawing inspiration from nature. Creating illustrations, for Dannel, is a way of influencing his architectural work, and vice versa. "The Tallest House" is his first professional illustration work. In addition to illustrating, he still works full time as an architect, and occasionally does product design.

Instagram: Matasatu_Matabolong

YAYU

Illustrator (The Dragon Kings; The Pizza Monster)

Yayu is an illustrator and comic artist from Barcelona, where he studied a 3-year illustration course at Joso Comic School. Since his childhood, he has always been surrounded by pencils, markers, and any surface on which he could draw (including the walls of his parents' house). After working as an inker for Disney Comics of Holland and Denmark, he quickly focused his professional life on illustrating children's books, where he usually gets to draw nature and animals (his favorite things!). When he is not drawing, you can find him walking in the woods with his dog, petting one of his two cats, or watching a movie and petting the other one.

Instagram: _Yayu_

 

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