EVVY Award Winner
Taylor wrote and illustrated his first children’s book, The SNIT and George Franklin Whit for his son, Elias, when Elias was in the first grade. Nine years later he and his wife had a girl, Sophia, for whom he wrote The I-Wants and the Gimmies, a CIPA award winner.
“My father used to call my sister and me, ‘Grab’ and ‘Snatch’, ” says Overbey, “although I was never sure which was which. It wasn’t until I had children of my own that I saw they don’t like to share, naturally. Everything is ‘Mine!’ That, and my father’s nicknames were the inspiration for The I-Wants and the Gimmies.”
He was the managing editor of GLAD, the Christian Humor Magazine for three years in the early 1980’s. It was here that his numerous comic stories were published in over 17 issues. After leaving GLAD, he moved to California where he wrote and drew short stories for Blackthorne Comics titles “Laffin’ Gas” and “The Legion of Stupid Heroes”, and self-syndicated a weekly comic feature called, “Curious Words and Fascinating Phrases,” about word and phrase origins. He later wrote, performed puppets, and did animated cartoons for a children’s DVD series, “A Street Called Straight.”
Taylor lives in Michigan with his wife, Youla, and two children, Elias and Sophia. He is an adjunct professor, illustrator, animator, and painter, and is working on more stories.
Old-fashioned, fun, and with a good lesson delivery, Taylor Overbey’s colorful story should find a place on every child’s bedtime reading list.
A creatively written and brilliantly illustrated children’s story!
Parents and kids alike have enjoyed Overbey’s imaginative character, which demonstrates children can make the choice to be in a ‘Snit’ or control anger in healthy ways. This book has been a mainstay in my library!
The book is fun and can lead to ongoing discussions with children about a host of developmental behaviors that inevitably come up, again and again. I recommend you take a look and see if it can be an additional tool in your practice or in your family.
The Snit and George Franklin Whit is a marvelous book that empowers children to control their anger and guides children to understand they have a choice in how they respond to what upsets them.
“He has been able to express something that is rather important and serious in a fun and at times even funny way. Overall, I found this to be a great children’s book and a fresh alternative to what is currently available in the market.”
With his The I-wants And The Gimmies, Taylor Overbey creates a whimsical story about the importance of sharing and working together.