Meeting With The Hero, ‘Deedle, The Dung Beetle’

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New children’s book to entertain and amuse readers with its dung beetles’ story.

Children of all ages will surely delight as author Richard Castellane releases, through Xlibris, "Deedle, the Dung Beetle". Filled with bubbly characters and a totally unique storyline, "Deedle, the Dung Beetle" is the perfect addition to anyone's bookshelf.

The story concerns a Dung Beetle Colony, somewhat akin in its social and political makeup to a colony of human beings. There is a Dung Beetle Town Board in which our heroine, Deedle, is the dingbat secretary. Life had been good for the Dung Beetles especially in their dung gathering quests---elephant dung, that is. In the past, the Dung Beetles had been able to roll up firm elephant dung, get it into their little underground homes and extract various edibles from it. But then a terrible thing occurs. The elephants come down with stomach upset. The result --- what had once been firm, now became, because of the stomach upset, loose and messy dung. It was no longer gatherable. The Dung Beetle Town Board, faced with impending starvation for the Colony came up with a possible solution. They would send Deedle to gather some loose dung, which she would then take for scientific analysis. Perhaps there was a medication that could clear up the elephant's problem, and once again allow the Dung Beetles to partake of their favorite yummies.

A totally unexpected answer to the Dung Beetles dilemma occurs at the very end of the story. A hint --- Is the elephant's stomach upset caused by something totally unanticipated, and which carries ominous overtones for the future of the Dung Beetle Colony? "Deedle, the Dung Beetle" is filled with adventure. Just imagine a tiny Dung Beetle clasping a specimen bottle trying to get an unfriendly elephant to (censored)...... This book is highly recommended upon its humor and uniqueness. For more information on this book, log on to

About the Author
Richard Castellane’s career has been many sided. From Princeton University, to graduate work at Columbia University, to becoming a New York City art dealer where he set forth some of the most advanced exhibitions of the period, including amongst the earliest exhibitions of pop art, op art, pure sensory art (could only touch the object, not see it), installation art, and psychedelic art. From there, Castellane embarked on other enterprises, including building and operating a major campground and restaurant, and then on to law school leading to his becoming a lawyer.

Castellane then involved himself in what he considers to be his most enjoyable career – writing stories and screen plays. Amongst his writings are Little Hippino, a screen play comedy Sushi-Tushi, and a children’s story Cindy Centipede, M.D. Most recently, Castellane has completed a screen play comedy, Corned Beef and Cabbage.

The author has homes in Munnsville, New York; Lubec, Maine; and Port Leyden, New York where he lives and writes in the company of his tiny Chihuahua “Scutterbug” and Mexican hairless “Teenie.”

''DEEDLE, THE DUNG BEETLE'' * by Richard Castellane
Publication Date: October 7, 2010
Picture Book; $15.99; 34 pages; 978-1-4500-5160-6

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

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