Getting a Head Start on Fostering Imagination

When Space Cop Zack, Protector of the Galaxy, was released in the fall of 2013, I mentioned at that time that my book is about the “beta version” of imagination—childhood fantasies that help kids develop their imaginations into powerful tools that can serve them well throughout their life.

And of course imagination has more benefits than helping them to become better problem solvers. It has important psychological and psychosocial benefits, especially for developing children. It can help kids learn to think symbolically, an essential skill in the world we live in today. Thinking symbolically is the first step on the road to critical thinking.

stickerdesigngold2015 web 153 pxI’m thrilled to announced that Space Cop Zack was recently named a UK Wishing Shelf Book Award Gold Medal Winner! Wishing Shelf Awards are distinctive: all the voters are readers in 8 primary and second schools in the UK. When your book gets special notice from kids who have hundreds of other submissions to consider, it feels great! The Wishing Shelf Book Award is just the latest mark of recognition given to Space Cop Zack.

readers favorite winner space cop zack by don winnSpace Cop Zack, Protector of the Galaxy received a five-star review and won a Readers’ Favorite Book Award.

“The author does a fantastic job of capturing a little boy’s imagination…If you are looking for a funny, fun, and entertaining book for your child’s library…pick up a copy and see for yourself what a great book this is.” —Readers’ Favorite

moms choice awards space cop zack by don winnSpace Cop Zack, Protector of the Galaxy has been named among the best in family-friendly media, products and services by the Mom’s Choice Awards®family review center seal of approval

Space Cop Zack, Protector of the Galaxy was given the Family Review Center Seal of Approval for its “pages and pages of imagination extravaganza!”


Below is a preview of Space Cop Zack, Protector of the Galaxy, joined by his faithful robot sidekick GARG.

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Space Cop Zack is a celebration of the power of the imagination. Travel through the galaxy with intrepid Space Cop Zack and his faithful robot sidekick GARG. Together they take on the pursuit of the terrible Dr. Dogbreath, chasing him through the asteroids, oceans, and unusual plant life of Zack’s galaxy. Zack and GARG brave bad smells, squishy slime, giant ocean monsters and even motion sickness.

Will they finally capture Dr. Dogbreath, or will he escape their grasp? That will all depend on where your imagination takes you. Who knew 15 pages could hold so much excitement?


Check out this gorgeous, high-quality color book in softcover, hardcover, or eBook formats. Available from Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Barnes and Noble, and other online booksellers.

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