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…it seems (for ages 3-8)

…it seems, by Gary Young

An illustrated, interactive storybook for children
to be read aloud and acted out by parent and child.

For ages 3-9

IT SEEMS…carries on the oral tradition of the “Ole Sloppincabbage” fables,
created during the Depression.  There was no television and little radio, and people
relied on creativity and  imagination to carry them to places of interest, fun, and awe.
The best of these traditions included the family in an active way,
reading, listening, and creating the stories.

The stories can be a little different, or the same, each time they are read.  

It depends on the moment.  Parent and child will enjoy playing with
Mr. Strabinsky (the dog), Ole Sloppincabbage, Luke, and the folks.
The stories are about silly problems for which the characters need a solution.



Read aloud.

Specific portions are meant to be acted out by the parent and child,
but are written in such a way that the story can complete if the parent

or child are not comfortable acting out the portions.


Solving the problem in the book.  The narrative provides for a
solution by the child.  If no solution comes, or if it is a solution

that does not work, the narrative handles this in a positive way

to insure a good outcome.

32 page hardcover book, with at least six books immediately ready.



How do you get a dog out of a tree?
The popcorn eating contest.
Luke gets stuck in a hole.
Eddy Elephant’s Problem.
Luke finds something strange in his sandwich.
Mr. Strabinsky finds a cricket.
A very sticky Halloween.
Benny Bedpost has a booger.
The big, fat egg.
Peanut butter and Luke.

Some of the Characters in …it seems

You! A major contributor to the successful outcome of many of the problems posed in these stories is the person to whom the story is being read. The narrative optionally enables the child to solve the problems in the story.

Ole Sloppincabbage & Luke: Both are dense but loyal and generous.   Always getting into silly predicaments. Luke is married to Phyllis Willis.  Sloppincabbage, whose real name is Willis Willis (Phyllis’ brother), is married to Trudy Streudel Doodle.

Mr. Strabinsky (Sloppincabbage’s dog): wears glasses because he has the eye condition, Strabismus.  Funny, affectionate, smart, a little sneezy.

Mary (age 8):  Sloppincabbage’s daughter, and loyal friend to Luke, very smart, fun-loving, good at solving problems.

Johnny Curbstone (age 8): Luke’s son. Good at listening, but not really plugged in.

Terwilliger: A business man who can sometimes be mean and sometimes be helpful (not always on purpose).

Nate Alwayslate

Bessy Fewclothes

Berkeley Bannanapeel

Waggle; his brother Wiggle

Mable Gatsky, mean lady

plus fifty-five other characters

IT SEEMS-Rough sample of one story

For more information about the stories and characters, please go to:



Gary Young’s theatrical plays deal with social issues and  have been produced and performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, and venues throughout the US and Europe.

In the 1980’s, he worked with Jean Kennedy Smith as one of the coordinators for the National Very Special Arts Festival, and with his own company, he has produced festivals and written successful grant proposals to fund programs for, by, and with disabled populations and the underprivileged.

His touring programs throughout the United States have been co-supported by the former HEW (now HHS), National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Mobil Oil, US Airways, and private foundations.

Gary and his wife, Kathy, have co-authored Loss and Found: Surviving the Loss of a Young Partner, also presenting seminars and support groups throughout the United States.

His play, Interruptions – A life, a death, pizza, dancing and Murphy’s Law, premiered at the Kennedy Center, with its West Coast premier in Los Angeles, June through September, 2000, at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood.

His ON HOLD: The MYTH of Male Maturity, premiered in England, and will have its Los Angeles premier in the near future.

Gary serves as President of the Publishers Association of Los Angeles, Executive Director of the Lifetime Achievement Foundation, President of the Independent Writers of Southern California, and Vice-Chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.

He is a member of the Book Publicists of Southern California, the Independent Book Publishers Association, the Dramatists Guild, and Theatre Communcations Group.


Within these pages, you will find a true example of  a person with ADD.

This is an eclectic mix of original plays, short stories, novels,
monologues, and self-help books.

The plays and monologues are available for perusal and rent,
for regional theatre, community theatre, or schools.
The monologues are especially good for schools.

I am also an actor, director, and teacher, so you can
contact me if you need a little help or counseling with the plays.

The books and stories are available for perusal and purchase.

I am also available to help you with writing and publishing questions.

The one-person show, ON HOLD: The MYTH of Male Maturity
will have its west coast premier soon –
the word “soon” being a relative term, maybe “soonish” is a better word.

I hope you find something here that touches you.


Gary Young

Executive Director, Lifetime Achievement Foundation (
President, Publishers Association of Los Angeles (
Director of Professional Development, Independent Writers of Southern California (
Vice-Chair, Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (
Member: Dramatists Guild of America (
Member: Book Publicists of Southern California (
Member: Theatre Communications Group (
Member: Independent Book Publishers Association (

If you have any questions,
please contact me at info@garyyoungunlimited dot com
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