Imagine What Happens Next… Bringing back the art of storytelling through imagination

AB3Here’s my second ever guest post on this blog!  I met Anton recently and loved the idea of his book. 75% of my children love writing stories and one of them is a teller of the most amazing tall tales… which he swears are 100% true.  Here’s to the imaginations of children, and to our role in unleashing their creativity.

Anyway, let me hand over to Anton Buchner.

I’ve only just met Seana, however we connected straight away. Well we must have connected as she has let me write a little story for her blog.

My name is Anton, I’ve got four kids, and am married to the very caring soul, Kalina.  The kids are now 17, 15, 12 and 9 months – Hannah, Thomasina, Toby, & our latest little addition to the clan, Anouk.

AB2When the older ones were younger, we used to create imagination stories before bedtime.

I’d ask them for three words, and then weave them into a story.

I wouldn’t just talk AT them, I’d let THEM create characters, describe scenery, and unleash their imagination in every direction.

Some of their regular characters and settings were Swifter the cherry blossom pink unicorn, Grenobie the papier-mache monster, and a forest full of weird and wonderful creatures.

And before long they were asking me for three words to create their very own adventures.

Almost a decade later I thought why not write a book about it and start telling stories in schools, hospitals and online.

And so we created a book called “Imagine What Happens Next…”AB11

We aim to help other parents create more meaningful engagement with their children, rather than have them glued to the TV or iPad. It’s time to bring back a bit of storytelling to balance our busy lives.

Here are two examples of the stories, click on the images to see them full size.

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We hope you like the concept and are inspired to create your own imagination stories.

It only takes three words to start.

If you’re interested in buying the book, then just click to our website.

Or we’d love you to join the conversation on our Facebook page:

We’d love to hear your tales.


Thank you Anton, great to hear about your book.

Do you tell stories with your children?

What tall tales have they come up with?

Happy story telling






Posted on: December 10, 2013


  • Reply December 10, 2013

    Guest Post for Seana Smith

  • Reply December 10, 2013

    Anton Buchner

    Hi Seana – thank you for publishing my little post. Hopefully it will help unleash some of your avid followers’ imagination and creativity with their kids. Merry Xmas. x

    • Reply December 10, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Delighted Anton, I’m sure it will. “Tis the season for books and imagaination.

  • Reply December 10, 2013

    Robyn (Mrs D)

    I love everything about this concept. It so awesome to get little minds active – especially when TV and ipads are just too easily assessable these days. I’m going to try the ‘three word’ theory on my kids tonight – I have a funny feeling the story will involve unicorns and sparkles!! x

    • Reply December 10, 2013

      Anton Buchner

      thanks Robyn – loving the potential sparkly unicorn ;0 wonder what the 3rd word may be. And what adventures they’ll dream up with you. Let us know.

  • Reply December 10, 2013

    Desire Empire

    This is such a great idea, as kids always love to be front and centre of any story. It is so good for their confidence to imagine they can be part of the story. I know because my kids’ grandma uses just this strategy with them and they absolutely love it. Good on you Anton for making it easier for parents to do this with their kids.

  • Reply December 10, 2013

    Anton Buchner

    thanks Carolyn – keep them front and centre and they’ll create the twists and turns. Just hold on for the exciting ride. Would love to hear the 3 words they next give to Grandma x

  • Reply December 12, 2013


    Thanks for introducing us to Anton, Seana. These books are a great concept. I can see my boys getting very excited by them.

    • Reply December 12, 2013

      Seana Smith

      No worries Grace, delighted that you’ve been able to have a look.

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