Former Lincolnshire custodian, Edward Denecke, to read his new book at Ellis School
Edward J. Denecke was born in the Chicago area in 1953, the fourth of twelve children. He loved their big family and his loving parents.
In 1977, he moved to Minneapolis to attend a bible college. There he met and married his wife, Marilyn. After graduating, they moved back to Illinois where he spent seven years as a pastor. During those years, he and Marilyn had two daughters, Rebecca and Rachelle.
In 1988, Edward and Marilyn decided they needed a change. And it became a big one. Ed took off his suit and tie and put on a janitor’s uniform. Though the transition was hard at first, he soon found his next calling. He wanted to be Mr. Ed, the school’s custodian!
And in 1994, when he took a day position working in the midst of the students, he discovered how much he enjoyed inventing stories to tell the children. He began describing everyday activities in creative an imaginative ways. Oil mops became alligators. Elephants lived in the boiler room. And ants climbed in through the floor cracks each night to attend night school!
So, when a mom asked him to write a children’s book about what happened at school when the kids went home, his imagination took flight like a swarm of bees! She was asking Mr. Ed to write a book describing how he cleaned and maintained the building. But instead, the stories he had been telling the children for many years became the spark for this book.
He started to write. And draw. Over the next eighteen years, his story went through many revisions. Teachers began asking him to read his story to their classes. And in 1998, the music teacher at the school where he worked even used the story as the basis for a musical!
Now he’s delighted to finally publish his story and share the secret with you. “What Happens at School When You’re Not There?” This certainly is true: It’s time that you knew!
Denecke will be appearing during several local “student/teacher only” assemblies on Monday
As part of his area book tour, Denecke will be presenting his children’s book at three assemblies scheduled at Round Lake Area’s Ellis School on Monday, December 15th. This sounds like it will be a delightful event for both the students and teachers. If you are interested in purchasing his new book you can order direct from the publisher at www.belleislebooks.com; 804.644.3090 or write 5 South First Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219. It’s also available at Amazon.com and bn.com. The cost is $16.95 plus shipping/handling
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