WHY GOTCHA BOOKS?
Gotcha books was founded by Mick Wannenmacher and Andrew Traucki with the specific goal of helping children, especially reluctant readers, to get into reading through fun.
We believe that education is a key part of a successful life, that reading and writing are cornerstones of that success and that the best way to get kids reading is to make reading fun.
Gotcha Books began when Andrew, a script writer, discovered his son, Joey, was a reluctant reader.
Realising that Joey, like most kids loved heroes and funny stories, Andrew and his writing partner Mick Wannenmacher wrote a comical version of Hercules and the Hydra. Joey loved it and immediately wanted more.
Inspired by this success, Andrew and Mick shared their story with two hundred children at five local schools. The results were amazing. All the kids laughed and were totally engaged with the story. They also provided fantastic feedback about what they wanted in the book, quizzes, info snippets and lots of fun.
Totally blown away by the children’s response, Mick and Andrew went away and turned their story into a book, and Mashed Myths: Greek Heroes was born.
With all the feedback we’ve received we know that children, especially reluctant readers between the age of seven and thirteen love Mashed Myths.
It’s a fact that childhood literacy levels (especially for boys) are on the decline. Gotcha Books is here to help reverse that trend and inspire children, especially reluctant readers to enjoy their reading.
Andrew is a parent to two adventurous boys and knows first-hand the power of good storytelling. An accomplished scriptwriter and filmmaker he has always been fascinated by myths and history. Andrew loves hanging out with his kids, kicking the footy, going surfing and pondering difficult questions such as, ‘what would you do in a Zombie Apocalypse?’ He also has a cat called Zeus.
Michael is a primary school teacher with a love for storytelling, playing guitar, and drawing funny pictures on the white board. He will happily abandon a maths lesson in order to get his class to write stories and act them out. His students have been begging him to write a book for ages and hopefully this will keep them occupied while he enjoys his coffee in the staff room.