Paul McAllister

Paul McAllister and Emily Brown in their online video used to crowd-fund the publication of the children's book. (CBC)

Fredericton's newest children's author has nearly sold out the first edition of his first book of just days after its launch. 

Paul McAllister, author of the book There and Back Again: A Herman's Tale had a public reading of the children's story Saturday morning at the Fredericton Public Library.

At the end of the reading, McAllister said he had few copies of the book left. 

"It's been incredible," said McAllister. "The first edition, I'm not going to be able to get out further than New Brunswick just because it's going so fast. But I am doing a second edition." 

McAllister, a bartender, wrote the book with the help of illustrator Emily Brown, also a bartender and server, after putting out a call for help with the book on social media over a year ago. 

A Herman's Tale

Handmade plushy dolls of Herman were made as part of the push to crowd-fund the book online. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

The story of a small, green "under-the-bed" monster finding his place in the world was then published almost completely with the use of crowd-funding

McAllister says the support, alongside the large turnout for the reading has already secured a sequel for the little monster with the big ears as well as a second printing of the first book. 

"I'm not slowing down with this," said McAllister. "It's really been amazing so both Emily and I are going to keep it going." 


Illustrations for There and Back Again: A Herman Tale were all hand-drawn by Fredericton server Emily Brown who is now studying animation in Ontario. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

"We're doing a number of other stories," said McAllister. "Herman will have a few himself. The other little monsters will have their own stories. We're going to build a whole world. Herman has taken on a life of his own and I think he'd be pretty disappointed if we stopped telling his stories."