The Good Stuff Books Series for Kids has Landed!

The Good Stuff Books Series for Kids has Landed!

Alan Trussell-Cullen

Am I excited?

YES! You bet!

So here’s the story!

The first four Good Stuff Books were first published by Penguin Books in New Zealand and made a big a splash in New Zealand classrooms, libraries and kids’ bookshelves throughout the country!

And now these books are back by popular demand – fully updated and even wackier – only this time they’ve been published by Learning Connections Company Ltd, and now they are going to be available, not just in New Zealand but all around the world, and in paperback and e-book formats, and with new Good Stuff Books titles to be added soon!

I have had over 500 children’s books published by numerous publishers in many countries, including the United States, Australia, the UK, and of course, New Zealand. But the Good Stuff Books have been right up there with my favorites!

They were great fun books to write! (And, as lots of kids, teachers, parents, and reviewers keep telling me, great fun to read, too! )

They are also fun books to look at, thanks to the wonderful (and wacky!) illustration and design by award-winning designer, Béla Trussell-Cullen!

Here they are – the first four books in the Good Stuff Books Series!

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Smelly Stuff CoverReally Fast Stuff

Today I want to tell you about Book 1 in the series:  Really Big Stuff

(I’ll tell you about the other titles over the next few weeks, but if you are eager to know about them right now, just go straight to Good Stuff Books by Alan Trussell-Cullen on

So here it is – Drum Roll please!

Really Big Stuff

(Good Stuff Books, Book 1)

Front cover:

Really Big Stuff, Front CoverBack Cover:

IMG_0992 Back Cover Really Big StuffISBN: 978-0-9941307-1-6 paperback format

ISBN: 978-0-9941307-0-9 ebook format

What’s “Really Big Stuff” about?

Here’s the Contents page, that should help:

IMG_0991 Contents Really Big Stuff_edited-1But what’s it really about?

Really Big Stuff is loaded with mind-boggling facts, super cool images, lively down-to-earth text, laugh-out-loud bad jokes, and copious quantities of quirky information about just about everything that is astonishingly BIG!

This is just the thing to capture the curiosity and imagination of kids and preteens aged seven to fifteen. Kids won’t only want to read this book. They’ll want to share it with others, as well as find out more for themselves.

Reading Really Big Stuff is a great way to get kids (and adults) hooked on mathematics, science and history, too.

Like, do you know how tall you are in smoots or in London double-decker buses? Or how beautiful you are in Helens? Do you know who invented the mile, or who stretched the mile to make it a little bigger, and why? Have giants ever really existed? How big was Bigfoot? Has anyone actually seen a yeti? (Probably not yeti…). And do you know what makes us grow? And if you don’t grow as tall as you’d like, who do you blame – your Mom or your Dad?

Really Big Stuff features include full color images, text boxes, visual gags, an index and glossary plus fun quizzes to test your knowledge.

Some Sample Pages:

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And yes teachers, kids can even assess their own learning with the Super Difficult Big Stuff Quiz!

IMG_1029 Quiz Really Big Stuff

What have reviewers been saying about this and the other Good Stuff  books?

“This is a wonderful book for kids and adults from seven to one hundred and seven! As the title indicates, it is full of information on everything big. From the biggest spider to the Big Apple and everything in between. It is beautifully presented, too, and easy to read and understand. There are charts and drawings and photographs and just the right amount of info not to be boring. With both a good glossary and quiz at the end, this book will make a great Christmas present for the whole family to share.”

Julie Sharpe, Wanganui Chronicle

“Great books for curious youngsters. Packed with information, pictures and even quizzes to test their knowledge, the Good Stuff Books make for interesting reading.”

Maree Field, Southland Times

“Lively reads with a serious intent – imparting information to young minds and engaging them in learning – that appears to be achieved effortlessly.”

Sandra Simpson, Bay of Plenty Times

“Weird and cool stuff to impress friends… These books will strike a chord with kids for their amazing facts, and for their format, too…Lots happening on every page – quizzes, color photographs and diagrams. They fall somewhere between the successful Horrible Histories series and the Guinness Book of Records.”

Jessica Le Bas, Nelson Mail

“These books are really informative and fascinating for young and old alike. Alan Trussell-Cullen’s easy, humourous style make it great for children to sink their teeth into.”

Lisa Fenwick, Ashburton Guardian

“I love it already! So how do I get a copy of Really Big Stuff?”

Simple! You can order a paperback and/or an e-book copy of Really Big Stuff by clicking here: Really Big Stuff by Alan Trussell-Cullen

More about the other Good Stuff Books coming soon!


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Muhammad Ali – one of the world’s Greatest Champions, and one of the world’s greatest humanitarians.

Muhammad Ali – one of the world’s Greatest Champions, and one of the world’s greatest humanitarians.

Muhammad Ali - Heavyweight Champion of the World by Alan Trussell-CullenWhen I began to write my children’s biography about Muhammad Ali for the Hameray Biography Series, I had no idea how life-changing and inspirational that was going to be for me. I am so grateful for the privilege of being able to share his life story with so many children. The outpouring of love and affection that has come with his death is no surprise. He achieved so many amazing things, but he also said so many wonderfully witty and pointed and moving things. He didn’t just challenge others in his sport – he challenged us all. Three of my favorite quotes:

“I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.”-Muhammad Ali

“Wouldn’t it be a beautiful world if just 10 percent of the people who believe in the power of love would compete with one another to see who could do the most good for the most people?” – Muhammad Ali

“The man with no imagination has no wings.” – Muhammad Ali.

Thank you Muhammad Ali.


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Kids! Help me name a character in my new book!

Hey Kids! Help me Name a Character in my New Book!

I am in the middle of writing book 5 in the Adventure Kids series. The title is Becoming Famous.

I don’t want to give too much of the story away, but one of the characters just happens to be a cow. She’s a cow on a dairy farm and she plays an important part in the story so I need to come up with a really good name for her.

Picture of my Queen Cow

So what is this cow like? Well, she’s really bossy and pushy. In fact she thinks she is in charge of everything and everyone. I don’t know if you know much about cows but in a herd of cows there usually is a kind of Queen Cow! Well in this story, my cow really is the Queen! If the other cows could talk they’d call her “your majesty!” So, because she is royalty, she needs a really good royal name!

Hint: Know any famous queens from history? Or maybe you could make up a brand new royal name? Or maybe you know a name that sounds like it ought to be a name for a Queen? Or a name that would really suit a Queen Cow? You could even make up a new name altogether!

Any suggestions? Send me your ideas in an email to . Don’t forget to include your name – just your first name is fine – because if your name for my Queen Cow gets chosen, I’ll put that in the acknowledgements at the start of the book – and of course I’ll be sending you some signed copies of the book!

Teachers – feel free to get your class thinking about good cow names, too! I’d love a class effort!

A big thank you to everyone!

Alan Trussell-Cullen


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Springtime Magnolia in full bloomSpring must be coming to New Zealand – at last!

This Magnolia blossoming in our garden seems to think so, anyway!

And spring means lots of things to do in the garden, too – like lettuce and peas and other vegetables to plant, some late fruit tree pruning to do (apples, peaches, plums, nectarines, figs, oranges, lemons, help!), weeds going crazy everywhere and needing stern “editing”, and lawns turning into prolific jungles and crying out for a serious haircut!

Alan Trussell-CullenOK! So what am I doing?

Ha! Just sitting at my desk and looking out the window from my study and seeing all this vegetative fervor, and instead of thinking spring, I’m thinking about words and the exciting books I’m working on – lots of weeding and pruning and spring growth going on there, too!







Right now the first four books in my Adventure Kids series are just about ready to go out into the world on their own little adventure.

Cat Burglar!

Cat Burglar!Cat Burglar is already out there, but it is about to get a few additional ideas added at the end to help kids get excited about writing their own adventure stories!

Flying Pig!

Flying PigAnd Flying Pig is looking amazing, too! I just love Béla’s great cover designs! There are some fun twists in the story, too! (These animals are my special friends! Even the chickens!)

And then its Super Snooper, Becoming Famous, and Charlotte’s Webpage!

Super Snooper cover Adventure Kids book 3Yea! Covers for Becoming Famous, and Charlotte’s Webpage are coming soon!

That’s 5 exciting books to keep kids (and teachers and parents!) HAPPY!

And the aim is not just to get kids excited about reading! We want these Adventure Kids books to kick-start the kids’ writing, too! (We even give the kids some tips on how to dive into writing their own stories!)

My main task at the moment is getting some reviews before we hit the road with the real books! They’ll be coming out soon as ebooks, paperbacks and audiobooks. A good season crop, we hope!

Hey! If you’d like to read and review some advanced copies of any, or some, or all five of these books, let me know. You can email me at

Just let us know what format you’d like – MOBI (to read on Kindle or the iPad kindle app), or EPUB (to read on iBooks for iPad or to read on Kobo) or PDF for reading on your computer etc.

We’d really appreciate your feedback! (That applies to kids, too!)



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Just Kidding!

Picasso's Goat


OK, so we’re here for Book Expo America, and it’s being held in New York, (our favorite city) (of course!), so we have to see what’s on and happening at MOMA (New York’s Museum of Modern Art), and of course, we have to take a photo! (a “selfie” of course!)

And who should poke her nose in? Yes, this nanny goat!

Actually, she’s a very special goat! She’s Picasso’s goat!
Now it just so happens that we love this goat. The very first time we went to MOMA was in 1987 and we really fell for the goat back then.
In fact we were spending so much time admiring her that a self-appointed and very uptight New York art-guardian steamed up and snarled at us in very menacing tones, saying that if we so much as touched or even breathed on this poor little nanny-goat we’d immediately be arrested by the Museum’s secret police and thrown into the museum’s jail for years and years!
Honest! I swear that’s what she threatened us with! (Well, something like that, anyway!)

So we’ve always been very respectful of this goat! Very very respectful!
But, this time, somehow, as we set out to try and take our own “selfie”, Picasso’s goat slipped in behind us so she could be in the photo, too!

Doesn’t she look cute?

I think she was kind of saying sorry for those threats from that aggressive art guardian back in the 1980’s!
Thanks goat!

And we still think you’re gorgeous!

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