The Big Bad Wolf Strikes It Rich! Fairy Tale Wall Street Memoirs
Meet the real wolf of Wall Street, he whose book came out long before the hit Scorsese flick!
The Big Bad Wolf isn’t who you think he is. For starters, he has a legal name – Aladdin Todd Jackson – and from the time he meets the magical genie trapped in a recycled energy drink can, he embarks on a grand, wolfy Wall Street adventure. In stories based on Grimm’s Fairy Tales and European folklore with a modern Manhattan twist, come along as this luxury loving wolf with a heart of gold beneath his scary teeth learns lessons about business and real life.
Or, hear the premise in his own words.
"Recognize me? I am the famous Fortune 500 company wolf, Aladdin Todd Jackson. Learn how I went from flat broke to the top of the Wall Street game in my autobiography. Each chapter teaches business world secrets for you kiddies. I may seem like your average temperamental, chocolate loving, materialistic wolf high atop my Ritz-Carlton Battery Park condo, but there's a lot you don't know about me, the entrepreneur with a heart of gold beneath my furry anger management issues. I thought I was a goner! I was facing murder charges for a triple homicide over some dumb hogs. When my trial ended for lack of evidence, I was left unemployable, penniless from legal bills, and cursed with a bad reputation. The news media accused me of being 'a wolf in sheep's clothing.' How yellow journalism of them. I wear Armani to work. I've survived real life fairy tales you wouldn't dream exist. Aided by my student interns, Hansel and Gretel, I'm taking the Financial District by storm. I will turn you from the boy who cried 'wolf!' into a high stakes young man who stops crying like a wuss and earns money. Who's with me? Don't be afraid of the Big Bad Wolf."
Actor: Kevin Rineer
Maneki-Neko: Kei, the Lucky Cat of Harajuku
Kei is a white cat whose favorite food is salmon! When Naomi's clothing store in Imado goes out of business, Kei appears with a surprise. This story was inspired by the Japanese legend of the lucky cat.
Pirate Maiden: Caitlin, the Irish Sea Princess
Arrr, it’s a pirating adventure for ye young sea urchins! Caitlin was like any other teenage Irish lass helping her parents tend to sheep – until she was kidnapped by filthy pirates. A young pirate boy aboard her kidnapper’s ship has a secret: what is it, and what lies in store for her in the process of becoming a pirate maiden herself?
Actor: Ryan McGregor
Ingrid Has Two Dads: My Family Is Normal
Has anyone ever made you feel like you weren't normal? As Ingrid finds out, the only people who think gay life isn't normal are the weirdos themselves! One day at the playground, the class mean girl, Veronica, shouted, "Ingrid is a freak!" with her snotty friends. Why? Because Ingrid has two dads. When Ingrid makes the mistake of pushing Veronica, the school principal decides not to punish her but make Ingrid write a journal exploring why her dads are as normal as any other parents. As Ingrid learns in the course of her assignment, so many "normal" people she didn't know are actually gay...and her dads are pretty cool!
Audiobook Edition: Classically trained actor Alec Manley Wilson provides a beautiful narration for this uniquely modern classic tale. Wilson starred in the LGBT themed film Shared Rooms and has had roles on Modern Family, My Crazy Ex, and Comedy Central. He received his MFA in acting from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute at Harvard University and his BFA in Acting from Western Oregon University.
Actor: Alec Manley Wilson
The Pollution Monster Attacks Hawaii
Oh, no! Garbage in the ocean has created a monster. Literally! The animals have enlisted the help of a dentist to save the environment.
Actor: Ryan McGregor
Buy some of the books still out for sale from when I was learning about the publishing industry. My real dog, Isla, is amongst my first authors!
A word on Pen Names
In life, I've used assorted fake names for journalism and books, learning there is nothing better than using your own name. Originally, I did it to separate my early school and newspaper work from my real self as I didn't often enjoy the writing topics I had and for people to find my books more easily. At one point, I was so frustrated by people incorrectly calling me "Nicole Russian," I tried going by Richárde, the feminine form of Richard I made up! My mononum didn't work as people couldn't find books under my correct last name! Also, my books have been published under Nicole Russin, the shortened single last name version of my real legal name. All in all, your name is your brand. As much as you think a pen name will separate you from the work, people will connect you with it. I am proud of some of the stories I have told, like the powerful family message in Ingrid Has Two Dads – and my heart wants nothing but for the wolrd to know so! Never again will I use a pen name!