Raggedydax The Robot Comes To Planet Earth

A tale of epic proportions for the kiddies – of inspired pioneering invention, of galaxy-wide space-exploration and the utterly gut-wrenching strangeness of alien worlds and cultures, and of grit, determination and fortitude in the face of immense adversity. They’ll laugh, they’ll cry, they’ll scream for mercy, but most of all they’ll beg you to stop reading it to them.
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About Lindsay Johannsen

There's not a lot to tell really, though on reflection, looking back on it through the lens of one’s recollections and memories, the whole business seems more akin to an extended Huckleberry Finn adventure, but set in the vastness of Central Australia.

Born, raised and schooled in Alice Springs; taken from the leafy glades of learning mid-way through Year-eight to work at my father's remote little copper mine; later employed for some years driving his cattle-hauling road trains – him having pioneered road trains and the cattle hauling business (see "Kurt Johannsen: A Son of the Red Centre").
Married in the fullness of time; built a bush homestead on the northern edge of the Simpson Desert and raised a family there, all while running a small tungsten mining business and provisioning the hundred or so Aboriginal people local to the area who adopted us.
Sold our mine and homestead a few years after the kids had flown the coop, acquired a forty foot (12m) touring coach, converted it into a big steel-wheel mobeel Palaise-de-passion motor home and took to the roads of this great land of Oz - in the main visiting our offspring (most of whom had moved to coastal regions), our grandchildren generally and a couple of great grandies, plus various friends and associates from years gone by.

So these days all I have to do is keep the missus happy – my Bride my Precious Lamb and Flower of the Early Mid Morning.
'Anywhere you wish, my darling,' I tell her. 'You just say the word and we'll be on our way.'
So it's free as the breeze, we are now, out and about having wild and exciting adventures and being amazingly cool generally.

Best job I ever had.

About the Series: Kid Stuff
Some of one's children's items – a couple recent, a couple less so – all written with a particular grandchild in mind and each written with the notion of it being read aloud to them, so explaining the use of a word or two that may seem beyond the item's apparent age range. But meeting new words is part of a child's learning and growing, so I've never shied away from doing it. As a rough guide, "…Billy Boiglebird" and "Raggedydax" are for 5 to 10's or so, "The Enchanted Music Box" 7 to 12 perhaps and "The Fat Frog Song" is for the littlies.

As for "Grandma And Me, And Bernard, My Elephant"... well, that's specially for kids aged between two and eleventy.

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