Children can explore secret world in book by local duo

Children can explore secret world in book by local duo

Two local friends have created an imaginative children's book that includes a contest.

"Emmie and the Secret World" is a new work by author Natasha Dengmanivanh and illustrator Grace Handschin.

The delightfully illustrated story begins simply:

"Emmie was playing in her sprinkler, when a beautiful rainbow appeared. Little did Emmie know it was a doorway to a Secret World."

The pleasure of the book is finding out about that secret world, a story that will continue in sequels, Dengmanivanh said.

"Emmie and the Missing Crown," book No. 2, is due out in the spring.

All of the books will offer a contest with prizes, the "Create a Character Contest."

At the end of each book, children can create a character, write a story with that character and add a drawing.

The mailing address is Emmie and the Secret World Contest, P.O. Box 17634, Urbana 61803, or kids can submit an entry electronically at

Dengmanivanh started writing poetry at an early age. She has a 6-year-old daughter.

Handschin is a self-taught illustrator. "She also is a dedicated coffee drinker and professional funny face maker," her bio notes.

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