G. Alan Brooks and his grandchildren have worked together for years to create a series of stories about Zumba and Rumba, two smart and brave African children. This brother-and-sister duo survives many challenges in the jungles, plains, and coastal areas of Africa.
G. Alan “Poppy” Brooks is the grandfather of four children. Two live in New York City, and two live in Miami, Florida. Poppy lives in Miami with his wife.
“The Adventures of Zumba and Rumba Book One: The Separation” was written with the two grandchildren who live in New York. “Book Two: The Hunt for Their Father” and “Book Three: The Quest to Find Their Mother” was written with Ruby Brooks, who lives in Miami.
The authors all love stories and books. The time spent together with the grandfather and the grandchildren collaborating on the books was super special. There were many hours of fun spinning tales, brainstorming, and exploring multiple ideas through different resources. The authors did extensive research on African folklore, geography, wildlife, and stories, reading books and learning about numerous aspects of the African Continent.
Ruby is very creative, and her vast imagination fueled many of these stories. Once a general idea for a chapter was developed, she quickly created many alternative situations and adventures. It was such fun to watch both new and old characters develop more fully in these last two books.
The fourth book about adventures in Egypt is currently underway, and it is being written with Alana Brooks, who lives in Miami. All the grandchildren help with all of the books, but each book has a primary grandchild author(s).
The authors hope these books provide inspiration and opportunity for families to have a special time together, reading and sharing stories.