Henry Hamster Esquire an illustrated story for children

ISBN 978-0-9865938-1-9

44 pages 14 cm X 11 cm  (4” X 5 1/2”)
24 Colour Illustrations by the author

Glossy coil-bound Book
All pages on card stock

Audiobook CD recorded     in 7 bite-size portions.        Total time 27 ½ minutes.

    BOOK & CD combined $15

Henry Hamster is snatched from his cage by Ginger, the family cat. The adventures that follow include further pursuit by Ginger, an unwitting rescue by Jeremy, the German Shepherd, meeting a rat named Reginald Repulsive and a grass snake that eats mice.

The story ends happily when Henry is found by his master, Billy, in the garden tool shed.

sample audio file – Henry Hamster – the opening chapter:




​Grandpa’s Homestead an Illustrated Haiku Storybook

ISBN 978-0-9865938-8-8

28 pages 14 cm X 11 cm.  (4” X 5 1/2”)

Glossy coil-bound Book
All pages on card stock

28 Haiku poems
12 colour images by Jan Albertin

   This book shows children how to create their own poetry.

    Suitable for ages 8 – 12

If you’d like me to send a copy of either or both booklets,

email your request via my contact page
I’ll ship by Canada Post and provide an address for mailing your cheque or bank draft.

Grandpa’s Homestead $8, Henry Hamster $10, set of two $15 plus postage




Family Singalong with Grandpa Ben

C.D. $10


Au Clair de la Lune – Big Rock Candy Mountain – Clementine –Froggie Went a Courting –  Hambone  – Hush Little Baby – Itsy Bitsy Spider – Go Tell Aunt Rhodie – Jimmy Crack Corn – The Fox –Laughing Song – Little White Duck – Medley of Nursery Rhymes – Michael Finnegan – On Top of Spaghetti  – She Swallowed a Fly – Quand Trois Poules Vont aux Champs – Savez-Vous Planter Les Choux?  She’ll be Coming ‘Round the Mountain – Suzanna’s a Comical Man – The Bear Went Over the Mountain – This Little Light of Mine – This Old Man – You Are My Sunshine – Be Kind to Your Web-Footed Friends 

Big Rock Candy Mountain:    Audio Sample:




For dauntless young thinkers.

Suitable for the young at heart and youths Grade 6 and up


The pun is a form of word play that suggests two or more meanings by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect. The homophonic pun, a common type, uses word pairs which sound alike (homophones) but are not synonymous. 

The Roman orators Cicero and Quintilian believed that “paronomasia”, the Greek term for punning, was a sign of intellectual suppleness and rhetorical skill.

The Roman playwright Plautus was famous for his puns and word games as was Shakespeare who is estimated to have used over 3,000 puns in his plays.