For ages 10-100 - Children's, young adult, fantasy, science, history. Meet Joshua Rees in this the first book of a wonderful, fantastical children's trilogy. A chance encounter with a new neighbour, Dr Kerffufelschtumpf from Old Bavaria transforms Joshua s regular life in a small English market town. Joshua is welcomed into the Dr s incredible house in which floors move, animatronic figures talk and lifts assume the characteristics of space vehicles or helter skelters. His life will never be the same again after extraordinary experiences in the Dr's magical Wunder Kasten . Follow Joshua and Dr Kerffufelschtumpf on this incredible journey, but will it all be ruined by the Dr s arch enemy the evil Hexenmeister?
Aeddan Howells was born in Bridgend, Glamorgan, in 1950 and spent his early years in Wales near what is now called the Heritage Coast. His mother was English and his father Welsh: she had a small family whilst he had a legion - nearly all of them living in the industrial township that is now part of Cwmbran. Four generations of Aeddan's family were ironworkers who'd followed the fortunes of the industry down the valleys from its mountain origins in Blaenau Gwent.
Aeddan's family moved to North London to be near his mother's parents, but adolescence was measured by the welcome relief (just about every school holiday) of going back 'home' to Wales and the company again of his lively, witty, talkative, funny and musical family. Some of Aeddan's abiding memories are of being literally enveloped by talk and tall tales - mainly from his several aunts, many of whom kept shops.
Aeddan didn't have the temerity to start writing until he'd passed 50 and had spent a career lecturing in further and higher education in Cambridgeshire. He has since gone on to produce a science fiction novel 'Our Second Selves', a novella 'Lost for Words', a history play 'The Ignorant Mountaineers of South Wales', a series of short stories about his family called 'Treharne' and numerous other works soon to be published.
Dr Kerffufelschtumpf was the persona Aeddan adopted whilst regaling his two eldest grandchildren with tall tales and nonsense in the family kitchen after school and - with their prompting - it resulted in a book: The Extraordinary Dr Kerfuffle! Thereafter the character of the good doctor and his young associate Joshua Rees, their developing relationship and their story took on a momentum all of its own and in no time it had assumed the dimensions of a trilogy (vide The Return of Dr Kerfuffle and The Triumph of Dr Kerfuffle?)