The World of the Wazzlewoods


The Ethereal Land of Heavenward Stairs

A polemical picture book for God’s grown-up children! No matter how entertaining climbing a heavenward staircase may sound, we cannot climb our way to heaven. This little picture book for adult brains critiques the erroneous traditions of men while offering the revelation of Christ-crucified, handed down by the apostles, as the proper alternative.


Also available in print and eBook at Amazon.




Too often our obsession with traveling and becoming ‘enlightened’ cosmopolitans causes us to forget the magic of our own backyard – Bramwell’s work rhymes with Chesterton’s assertion that “To conquer [foreign cities] is to lose them. The man standing in his own kitchen-garden, with fairyland opening at the gate, is the man with large ideas.” Wazzlewoods encourages us to find the beauty and fairytale magic in our own communities, thus enlivening a sense of local pride.

Emily Cockran
Wittenberg Academy, teacher of philosophy, literature, and history

Whittling and redwoods make for a magical combination in this book, set in a real town, and now I want to visit! Ferndale, California, also called Cream City, sounds positively charming! If I’m ever nearby, we will be sure to visit, especially the Firemen’s Park and the Golden Gait Mercantile. 🙂

This book lets you introduce children to local magic in a way that stimulates imagination and appreciation. Instead of spells getting a child to escape reality, this book uses a few magical creatures to draw out the beauty that so often already surrounds us.

Delightful details reminded me about traditions that shouldn’t be lost, including the glory of “gingerbread” houses, and fun little things like naming a dog Maggie after Ferdinand Magellan!

One great line near the end is this: “Those who have eyes to see magic also have ears to hear it.” What a neat line for a Christian to read!

This is an absolutely charming story, winsome in many ways. Geared toward early readers, it’s also great for a family read aloud. For those with young children, the most negative aspect of the book is maybe a use of “butt” once or twice. Clean and encouraging with positive multi-generational family relationships.

Great job! Very enjoyable! Keep up the good work! Hopefully including sequels in this series!

Mary Moerbe
Author of How Can I Help: God’s Calling for Kids and Whisper, Whisper: Learning about Church. Co-author of Family Vocation, and Blessed.

“Wonderfully written story, very inventive. Nothing else like it, and can’t wait to read of more adventures of the Wazzelwoods!

M. Dillenburg
Amazon customer

A treasure of a story for children of all ages. A wonderful tale of a magical place!

Christina Chapman
Owner of Chapman’s Bookery & More, Ferndale, CA