The latest offering from popular children’s author Dee Collins tells the story of Mr. Hooper, a down-on-his-luck farmer whose body is covered in lesion-like sores.
The story revolves around Mr. Hooper and a young school boy named Porter, who is visiting from the city.
“I wanted to tell a story that would make young children question every decision they have ever made up to that point in their life,” Collins said. “I think I did that with this story.”
Throughout the story, Porter attempts to determine if Mr. Hooper has sores covering his arms, hands and face or if it’s something else altogether. The young man cannot determine whether the apparent lesions are contagious and must navigate several awkward scenarios in which Mr. Hooper makes him a bread sandwich, offers multiple high-fives and attempts to teach him how to properly shake hands.
“The thing is, we never really know what these disgusting, puss-filled lesions are exactly,” Collins said. “The whole story will help children challenge conventional wisdom and make them explore their definition of sores, disease, viral infection, bacteria and even leprosy.”
Collins’ favorite part of the book features Mr. Hooper and Porter standing at the kitchen sink after working in the fields all day. Mr. Hooper washes his face and hands and then dries them with a towel and then hands the towel to Porter.
“It is a turning point in the story,” offered Collins. “This young man is faced with having to decide if he should air dry his face and hands or use the towel. These are the sorts of dilemma’s children face every day. This stuff is real-life, ripped-from-the-headlines material.”
“Mr. Hooper Has A Sore Or Something” is 28 pages and will be available nationwide through traditional classified advertising ads.