Aussie dad and tradie, Anton Bialylew, has released his first children’s book, Carlos the Concrete Truck.
Melbourne-based Bialylew says the story of Carlos evolved from his passion for his concreting business.
“The ideas and illustrations in the book reflect the challenges and hard work that this trade demands,” said Bialylew.
“It’s not only tough physically but it’s also very unforgiving – no second chances when pouring concrete.
“I’ve always been a creative person who loves working with my hands and pushing my physical abilities to the limit. I also find that concreting can be a very creative and meditational experience if undertaken with presence of mind.”
Bialylew has previously tapped into his creativity and produced rap songs about concrete which were extensively viewed on social media (more than 200,000 views).
This book was written in honour of Bialylew’s first-born daughter, who is now 7 months old, and follows Carlos the concrete truck who is excited by the idea of working with the big trucks and joining them on their adventures, but everyone tells him he’s just too small.
“I wanted to create a special gift for my daughter and since I’ve always been into writing rhyme and rap music,” said Bialylew.
“I thought it would be fun to write a book that I could dedicate to her. I also wanted to create a story that related to my work and at the same time reflected positive and uplifting messages.
“Firstly, although you may be different from others you are equally worthwhile. Also follow your dreams and don’t let other people’s doubt or criticism blow out your candle. Stay focused, and one day your opportunity will arrive.”
Carlos the Concrete Truck (rrp $16) is available on Amazon.