Meet South Country's Youngest Published Author, Christopher Ford

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South Country fourth-grader Christopher Ford started developing ideas for his protagonist years ago. "Back when I was little," he says. "I was drawing these little pictures of this guy called Mustache Man, and he was a stick figure," the now 10-year-old explained. "He had two legs, a giant mustache and two antennae with eyes."Then I started wanting to write a book." And so he did, eventually, and with some help from his parents, Jim and Elisa Ford of Medford.

Christopher, who began reading at age 3, has since been making the rounds in the South Country schools, reading "Mr. Mustache Goes to the Circus," a children's book, to younger students in the district. The book's getting popular locally; they say there's often a waiting list for the hardcopy at Brookhaven Free Library. Christopher published the book through Archway Publishing, a self-publishing arm of Simon & Schuster. The artist he settled on - after tryouts - was credited as Shalini of Castudios. "He interviewed a bunch of illustrators to find the one he thought was best fit," Jim Ford said.

The moral of Christopher's story about Mr. Mustache has everything to do with instilling confidence in one's own abilities. "Mr. Mustache loves the circus, and the circus came to town for a limited amount of time," he explained. "He wanted to be like everything in the circus. He wanted to be in the circus. First he wanted to be like the clowns. Then he wanted to be like the lion tamer. "And then he realized you're best off being yourself, and not the lion tamer." Clearly the motivation behind the book is that Christopher is to help people.

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Photo: Christopher Ford with his "Mr. Mustache Goes to the Circus" book at his Medford home.