Children's author takes story telling on the road
Michael Simpson
Staff Writer Vegreville Observer  Nov 2012

 When people hear about living a life on the road, they envision rock stars, drifters, circus performers and actors.  The last thing they envision is a children’s book author.

But that’s exactly what traveling children’s troubadour “Professer Clickity Klunk” is doing. His self-appointed title of “Professer” is not a misspelled post-secondary designation, but rather his own take on doing what he loves, professing to children across the country with his whimsical, rhyming brand of cautionary stories which hide valuable lessons of growth for young minds.

With a given name of David Vanstone, Klunk has been reading in the schools for eight years, five of which were before he had books in print. Having written most of his stories back in 2004, the Professer has been on arguably one of the longest road-trips of all time, especially where authors are concerned. “The whole idea behind my books is to get children reading,” Klunk said. “If you start to read then you’ll develop your imagination.”

One might argue taking on the role of children’s author during the silver years of his life, Klunk started late in the game. Prior to writing children’s books, Vanstone was a poet who had published a book which he admits didn’t sell. “I’ve written over 600 poems, but the book didn’t do well. People don’t buy poetry and read it these days.”

Before becoming a linguistic craftsman, Vanstone spent years making exquisite wood-art, including roll-top desks and ornate sculptures including a scale version skyline of New York City for a bar inside a limousine which included 500 plexiglass windows, astronomically correct constellations in the sky and math calculations so precise he kept them after the bar itself was purchased.

Fast forward to present day, Vanstone’s schedule is fairly booked. Book fairs, mall performances, school stops, the occasional seniors lodge, libraries and other public venues. “I was home twice last year. I have a lovely home, I quite like it, but I like this more,” he said. Living out of his 1981 20-foot Chevy van, the nomadic Klunk takes packages of books by the hundreds everywhere he goes, often leaving charity packs at libraries along the way, including the Vegreville Centennial Library where he carried out a book reading for children – until the power went out for the whole town on November 19.

Adults might notice Klunk’s books are all “cautionary tales,” something he attributes to growing up with Aesop’s fables. “It shouldn’t all be fluff,” he said. “I like to teach lessons, but not by beating the audience over the head with them. In my latest book Cedar Seed the story revolves around staying in school and making a plan for your life, for example.”

Tackling themes like living with disabilities, fart-etiquette, tying shoelaces, cooking beef stew, and other worldly issues, Vanstone’s books have an open, honest and natural feel to them that children find appealing in a way that pre-dates the excitement of reading about your favourite television or movie characters. Real people, real situations, real solutions.


Professer Clickity Klunk Visits Local Libraries
The Vermilion Voice
Trudy McKenzie

David Vanstone a l s o k n o w n a s Professer Clickity Klunk arrived in Vermilion July 26th. He came to the Vermilion Fair to introduce his collection of 18 books and promote their fundraising abilities for local organizations.
While in the area Professer Klunk arranged to visit the Vermilion Library and the newly opened Innisfree Library
on August 1st.
Starting the day off at the Vermilion Library Professer Klunk was greeted by 37 eager youngsters. Library Programs Coordinator, Michele Scott noted, “It is part of the libraries mandate to not just be a place of books, but to be a location for entertainment and learning as well.” The library jumped at the chance to host Professer Klunk and offer their young patrons a morning of storytelling. They promoted the Professer’s visit through their web page, posters and handout cards.
The majority of young attendees were participants from the Summer Fun program and following the book reading
Professer Klunk treated each visitor to a mini-book from his book collection.
“He was a big hit and the kids really loved receiving the mini books, many are even taking the handout cards as keepsakes as well.” commented Scott.
The afternoon saw new librarian Marilyn Newton hosting the Professer in Innisfree, where 13 youngsters and their parents enjoyed the new children’s area while listening to the tales  of A Dog Named Rufus, Wishfull Thinking
and Loose Laces. Particularly captivating for the youngsters was Andrews Monster which appeared to have the little ones captivated. There was hooting and hollering as the Professer invited audience participation during the reading
of I Don’t Wanna go to Bed. Again the live reading was followed by the generous gifting of mini books to each visitor.
Professer Klunk has arranged to return to the area in October when he will be doing his Northern Lights Library
Information on Professer Klunk, his books and his fundraising opportunity can be found at


On Wednesday, Aug. 1, David Vanstone (also known as Professer Klunk), stuck around the Vermilion area for a meet and greet with young readers.

Having spent the Vermilion Agricultural Fair weekend in the stadium as part of the trade booths, Vanstone said he phoned the library to see if he could hold a special event with children, highlighting a handful of his children's cautionary tales.

"I was raised on Aesop Fairy-tales (a collection of more than 600 fairy tales available online) and I believe children's stories should have a point because these young readers are still learning and how better to get an important lesson across, than through a creative story," said Vanstone.

Currently residing in Clearwater, B.C., Vanstone was born in Calgary and educated in Ontario. In 2004, Vanstone said he wrote 15 of his 18 children's books in a span of only six weeks.
"Each book took 20 minutes to write and 20 minutes to type because I use one finger," said Vanstone, adding he's been touring schools across Canada for the past nine years.
"I knew I needed a name and I thought Professer with 'er' at the ends was appropriate because I'm a storyteller and then Klunk had a good ring to it," said Vanstone.
Vanstone said his latest book, which is still in the writing stages, is meant to remind children to stay in school and follow their dreams.
"It's about a cedar seed who knew that when she grew up she wanted to be a canoe. So she stayed in the cone while the other seeds dropped out," said Vanstone. "The cedar seed stood up straight every day and learned the importance of water and shade and they end of making 150 canoes out of her."
During his hour with the Summer Fun camp, Professer Klunk shared some of his earlier favourites such as Andrew's Monster, about a young boy whose imagination runs wild on him about what could be under his bed, and Wishfilled Thinking, about a tree who wished he was a rock.

"When I read them stories I like to think that I'm helping them develop an imagination," said Vanstone. "I believe in this day and age children are going to have to become innovative and video games aren't going to do that for them."
"I don't think video games encourage imagination; instead they reach levels of someone else's imagination. Whereas my stories are off the wall a little bit so it stretches their minds a little."

For more information on Vanstone's work visit


See You At The Fair
Professer Clickity Klunk Visits Vermilion Fair

Trudy McKenzie

Alberta born children’s author and storyteller, Professer Clickity Klunk,  will be visiting the Vermilion Agricultural Fair in Booth 24.
Klunk, as his fans best know him, is offering up his first nine books from his eighteen ‘Cautionary Tales Collection’. These clever stories include Horace, a larger cat that becomes lodged in his cat door, Nelly, a horse with a glass eye that pops out when she sneezes, and Wishfilled Thinking, where the protagonist is a tree wishing he was a rock. Every adventure is written in verse, and superbly illustrated by thirteen gifted Canadian Artists. Klunk will be visiting the Vermilion Fair as part of a 2 year cross Canada tour that will see him travelling cross province into Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec to introduce his Professer Clickity Klunk brand. His books are published independently and are currently only available from the ‘professer’ himself. “My main focus for this is to offer a fundraising opportunity for local community organizations and schools, who can sell the book and keep half of the proceeds to fund their charitable efforts.” His books are available in both regular size and in mini selections. Set to a poetic rhyme each book offers stories to include cautionary lessons and are designed to inspire and develop the imaginations of the readers, “I try to encourage the children to read as that builds imagination and  that’s what I do, I often ask the children, do you know what happens to readers? And I tell them they become writers. People who have developed  their imagination.” Klunk feels that it is so important to exercise and develop creativity in youngsters. “A lot of the more physical factory type jobs requiring more repetition and less imagination have gone by the wayside, making it so important to develop creativity in our young learners.” Professer Klunk will follow up his fair visit with a stop in at the Vermilion Library on August 1st at 10 a.m. and then later that same day in Innisfree at their brand new library at 2:30 p.m. He will be reading from his published library and sharing his literary bounty.

For more information on Professer  Clickity Klunk, visit

Professer Klunk gets the word out

Brampton Guardian

Photo by Bryan Johnson


British Columbia native David Vanstone, aka, Professer Clickity Klunk (left), has Emily Drury, 2, riveted as he reads to her. Ted Turnbull, Emily's grandfather looks on. The children's author will be at Shopper's World until Friday, Dec. 24. Photo by Bryon Johnson

Harried parents dragging reluctant toddlers through the Shoppers World mall this past week may have been encountered Professer Clickity Klunk of Clearwater, B.C.
Chances are as British Columbia native David Vanstone, aka, Professer Clickity Klunk, sat the children down and began to read them from his books, the toddlers became completely engrossed listening to the antics of Horace the Cat who becomes lodged in his cat door.
The visiting author will be regaling children at Shoppers World until Dec. 24.
Vanstone, 55, a Canadian children’s author, poet and storyteller, will be touring many communities including Brampton this holiday season spreading the joy of literacy and words to hundreds of children. Professer Klunk, as he’s known to his tiny fans, will also be selling his first six books from a 17-cautionary Tale Collection.
The books–written in a verse format – are filled with colourful illustrations from emerging Canadian artists – aim to tickle the imagination of children while introducing them to the joy of reading, said Vanstone.
“I promote literacy by making the stories fun,” said Vanstone who has borrowed from his line of credit in order to finance his book reading travels across Canada. “My books are cautionary tales and I take the children through journeys of childhood fears, food and they all have a little moral to them.”
The author fist began his literacy journey by writing poetry in 1998. Three years later, he published his first book for adults, but success eluded him.
“The book didn’t sell, so I decided to write children’s books,” he said. “I remember writing 15 books in six weeks when I first began writing for the kids.....they each take about 20 minutes to write.”
The cadence in his voice rises and lowers as he narrates the story of a tree who wishes he was a rock in Wishfilled Thinking. His audience sits riveted and breathes a collective sigh of relief when the tale comes to an end. Although Professer Klunk has travelled to schools and malls reading to hundreds of children, he said he was particularly moved when he read his stories to children at the Vancouver Children’s Hospital.
For more information on Professer Clickity Klunk or his books, visit,

 Barierer Star

Photo by Jill Hayward  

Professer Clickity Klunk (also known as David Vanstone) holds up his three newest releases in children’s books; Emily Car, Whoa There Now Nelly, and Her Beef Stew. Vanstone had his publications on display at the Unity for Community Art and Music Festival held in Louis Creek on July 24 of this year. Professer Clickity Klunk, a North Thompson Valley poet, author, and storyteller extraordinaire, says he is delighted to announce the release of three more children’s books.

The Professer (also known as David Vanstone) resides in Clearwater and says he has been writing since 1998. To date he has six children’s books in print, nine more currently being illustrated and almost ready for print, and two more in the writing stage.

“The first book I ever published was an adult book of poetry that was printed in 2001, but it didn’t sell,” he explained, “So I decided to write children’s books instead.” The books are all written in rhyme and are brightly illustrated by Canadian artists, and printed by the author’s own Down The Path PublishingThe Professor’s books are popular with the kids, and he has read his books to children in schools throughout B.C., and as far away as Manitoba. The books cover a wide variety of topics from monsters to beef stew. They also come in two sizes, and the miniature version is a hit with the youngsters.The Professer also offers fund raising opportunities through the sale of his publications for clubs, schools, and other organizations.The three newest titles to be released are: Emily Car, Whoa There Now Nelly, and Her Beef Stew.

You can contact the Professor to find out more about his publications by going to:, or email:

Published: August 23, 2010

Interview Clearwater B.C. paper

 Q; When did you start writing poetry and where have you been published?
A; I began writing poetry in 1998.  I have had poems published in community papers on Bowen Island, Denman Island and Gabriola Island, as well as Quest magazine.  Also several anthologies of verse have been published in Canada, United States and Britain.  I established "Down the Path Publishing" in 2001 with the publication of "A Twenny for My Thoughts."

Q; What are your credits
A; My poems have been heard on CBC Radio and I have been interviewed on Vancouver and Nanaimo Co-op Radios. 
    Awards include: 
* Second Place at a poetry reading in Victoria.
* Certificate of Appreciation from "The World Poetry Reading Series" for "Creating Canadian Literature" presented by Miss Canada 2002 at the Vancouver Public Library.
* Editor's Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry from "The International Library of Poetry" for my 28 Homographic Poems entitled "Oh What Tangled Webs We Read". 
* In an international submission for poems on peace in 2008, my poem "Wrinkly Irony" was among the poems chosen to be encased in a capsule and buried at the John Lennon Peace Tower in Iceland.   

Q; Where and when did Professer Klunk arrive on the scene?
A; Professer Clickity Klunk came into existence with the creation of my first fifteen Children's stories.  My first two stories "A Puppy Named Rufus" and 'Horace the Cat" interestingly enough became the first two chosen by Lorain Shone and Tina Lynch for illustration.  Since publishing Rufus and Horace, six more stories "Aaron's Fire Engine, Andrew's Monster, Now We Know Their Names, An Old Shed Named Shack, A Seeing Eye Frog and Wishfilled Thinking" have been chosen by six illustrators, including one from Clearwater, who have wished to draw them into existence.

Q; Where have you read;
A; Professer Klunk has read to the delight of school children from Erickson Manitoba to Nanaimo, Gabriola, Vancouver, Surrey, Chilliwack, Blue River, Vavenby and Raft River in Clearwater these past three years, along with the children at Children's Hospital in Vancouver.

Q; What is your mission
A; My personal goal is to earn my living doing what I love, which is reading to young people across the country as well as selling my books, helping to promote Canadian Artists.

Q; Why did I settle in here
A; Small town Clearwater captured my eye with its clean environment, friendly locals and affordably priced homes.

Q; Why would parents and grandparents buy these books
A; Written in rhyme and illustrated by emerging and established Canadian Artists, as said by a Learning Support Teacher, these imaginative Cautionary Tales help youngsters deal with concerns such as loneliness, fear of monsters, disabilities and bedtime, to name a few.   Each and every dilemma is solved with a witty and humorous ending.  In one class six children were so spellbound they chose to hear more stories rather than go out for recess.

Q; Favourite Paragraph
A; One of my favourite verses is the end of 
"Braidyn's Loose Tooth"
"So ends this story
 On this happy note
 It's OK to loose a tooth
 But you should never lose hope".