If you’re the Little Engine That Just Can’t Be Bothered (and you’re ok with a bit of profanity), Kris MacLellan’s new book of ownership is for you. Written and styled to draw on nostalgia for much-loved Little Golden Books, “The Little Engine that Couldn’t Be F-ed” brazenly drops the F-bomb throughout the text.
The book is super funny, and the art by Tess Butler, is delightful. Launched on Kickstarter this week, the book’s synopsis comes with a reminder: This is not for children. Instead, peppered with curse words, this is a book for adults addressing personal growth and the psychological hurdle of finishing a thing.
It explores with irreverent humour the possibility that this generation of adults are not really adults, having been mollycoddled too long. Standing out on the shelves of “How to Adult” books, The Little Engine is refreshingly brutal, and cuts through the BS toward total ownership. No parental advisory needed.
While profanity may not be in everyone’s taste, in recent years casually dropping an f-bomb has signalled camaraderie, intensification and trust between two parties, and MacLellan says it’s the straight talk in the book that smashes any personal excuses.
Serving eight years in the New Zealand Armed Forces taught MacLellan the reasons some people can adapt and overcome challenges while others succumb to them. Now, as Coach Kris Mac, he works with small business owners in Southland challenging them to choose excellence over mediocrity, outside his role as the CEO of a local accounting firm.
“Whether it’s your health career or finances that have stalled, you’re the one person who can make the choice to move forward, slowly and with small steps.” MacLellan says.
This fearless little book of ownership is a manifestation of Coach Kris Mac’s values and a physical reminder that you can take an idea, put in the work and create something epic.
There are four other books in the series, including soon-to-be-classics, “The Lil Red Un(censored)stoppable Hen” and “The Pokey Not So (censored)ing Little Puppy,” set to be released in 2020.
To get your hands on a copy of the first book, you’ll need to be quick. The hardcover is available through Kickstarter now until November 3rd and is a perfect Christmas gift for a loved one ready to take back control of their life.