Dan Hayashi

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Hello!, I'm Otto. I masquerade as a human, while using my dad's given name Daniel, as my pen name. My human mask makes it look reall - right? I did this because no one would publish a story written by a baby otter named Otto. Whenever I try to do something the big people do, dad tells me he'll let me do it when I grow up. Growing up takes forever! Everything I create is drawn from personal experiences & my imagination. Dad used to say I let my imagination run away with me. Not true. I run away with my imagination 'cause it's more fun, not vice versa. Because I'm an orphan now, I spend more time these days imagining things & writing about them, 'cause dad hasn't been around lately. Just keep in touch by reading my up-and-coming stories. They're about all the things I do with new family or animal friends. I've been a sky diver, logger, sky writing pilot, telephone lineman, train engineer, race car driver, astronaut, singer & poet or was it just a dream? Find out about my experiences or fantasies by reading my tall tales. Oh yeah! I also went to school, so I could also be a writer. Hang in there! There's more animal fun to come.

Smashwords Interview

What inspired you to begin writing children's books?
I know our children represent the world's future. They symbolize the core of spirit & promise. Therefore, we not only need to set a wonderful example for them to follow, but must take care to inspire from within them, the best they can bring to the surface.
What do you read for pleasure?
Spiritual materials and true life stories.
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Cleaver McBeaver & The Great Tornado
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,690. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2013 by Dan Hayashi. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
This young Scottish Beaver so amazes humans and other beavers that he is enshrined in the Hall of Fame for his human-like abilities & astonishing feats. From tragedy to self discovery to beaver love, young Cleaver goes from local celebrity logger to green conscious mason due to a revolutionary vision.
Where's Star?
Price: $1.75 USD. Words: 530. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2013 by Dan Hayashi. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
A sweet children's short story about possibility. An engaging tale about an imaginary dream cat living on the moon, who as it turn out, may not be so imaginary.
The Birdies Four
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 430. Language: American English. Published: March 4, 2013 by Dan Hayashi. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
A Lovely short story of a Cockatiel, named Timber, who is smitten by a Lovebird named Beauty. When he hears the melodic sound of her voice, Timber is inspired to write songs specifically to win her over. Love, as usual, prevails over all obstacles when they are married and have singing quadruplets. The children's talents bring their family celebrity and wealth.
Fearless The Cat
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 470. Language: American English. Published: December 27, 2012 by Dan Hayashi. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
A rhyming and charming short story about a can-do little kitty who plays, dreams and schemes his way into the hearts of both adults and children alike. A simple story of actively living without fear or regret.


Otto Otter, Sunna Hedgehog & The Premonitions Of Mr. Sun
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,970. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
A fairy tale of two naive little animals, who grow up quickly after mistakenly going to the city without approval. Otto Otter & Sunna Hedgehog learn they are alone & without means. Injuries could hamper their return home, except for the guidance of Mr. Sun. A misguided outing turns into an inspirational experience. Sunna's Godfather, Mister Sun, gives them life counseling.

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animals    beavers    birds    cartoon    cartoons    cat    cats    characters    children    comic    comics    fairy tale    fairy tales    fantasy    illustrated bedtime book    innocent    inspirational    kittens    pet    pets    picture book    poem    poetry    poety    rhyme    rhymes   

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