8-year-old hides handwritten comic book on library shelf, and it becomes an instant hit

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8-year-old hides hand-written comic book on library shelf, and it becomes an instant hit
8-year-old hides hand-written comic book on library shelf, and it becomes an instant hit. Courtesy of Susan and Alex Helbig.

A mischievous youngster with a wild imagination managed to sneak his handwritten book onto his local library shelf.

8-year-old, Dillon Helbig, created The Adventures of Dillon Helbig’s Crismis by “Dilion His Self” inside of a red notebook, drawn with colored pencils. While on a trip to the local library with his grandmother, Dillon managed to slip the 81-page book onto the shelf in the children’s picture book section.

8-year-old hides hand-written comic book on library shelf, and it becomes an instant hit
8-year-old hides hand-written comic book on library shelf, and it becomes an instant hit. Courtesy of Susan and Alex Helbig.

“I wanted to put my book in the library center since I was 5, and I always had a love for books and libraries,” Dillon said. “I’ve been going to libraries a lot since I was a baby.”

The book was found by Alex Hartman, the branch manager, who showed it to the rest of the library staff. The staff agreed the book “was far too obviously special an item for us to consider getting rid of it.”

Hartman had the book officially catalogued in the library’s graphic novels section, allowing it to be freely checked out by any library card holder. Hartman later became the first person to officially check out Dillion’s book.

8-year-old hides hand-written comic book on library shelf, and it becomes an instant hit
Dillon coloring for his book. Courtesy of Susan and Alex Helbig.

The library staff let Dillion know his book was added to the catalogue and kept him updated on the book’s circulation. “And now there are 26 people who want my book,” Dillon exclaimed with delight.

Dillon also received the Ada Community Library’s first ever, Whodini award, for best young novelist.

8-year-old hides hand-written comic book on library shelf, and it becomes an instant hit
Courtesy of Susan and Alex Helbig.

The Adventures of Dillon Helbig’s Crismis tells the story of Dillon decorating the Christmas tree when a blast of light from the star sends him to the first Thanksgiving and the North Pole. Iconic holiday antagonist, the Grinch, also appears in the story to thwart Dillon along his journey.

Dillon is already working on another book called The Jacket Eating Closet.

8-year-old hides hand-written comic book on library shelf, and it becomes an instant hit
Courtesy of Susan and Alex Helbig.

“Every time in kindergarten, I put my jacket in the closet and during recess, it would be gone. The jackets are still gone and that’s why I’m making the book,” he said.

His mother, Susan Helbig, couldn’t contain her pride at her son’s creativity, “We are so proud of him. We see him drawing and writing books, and he keeps himself busy for hours and days on end. It was pretty awesome to see he had the gumption to put this one on the shelf. He wanted it in there and he got it in there.”

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