Grandpa’s Crazy Keys

A child’s rhyming picture book, a magical bracelet or the keys to open doors across dimensions?  Soon after Anne Clarke reaches her Grandmother’s estate, she discovers just how crazy Grandpa’s keys are.

Grandpa’s Crazy Keys the Book

Grandpa’s ten-page book may be short, but it’s not simplistic.  It consists of an introductory poem and five others describing the discovery of Grandmother’s five gemstone tablets — tablets covered with bizarre symbols and spells.

As a child, Anne loved to sit on Grandpa’s lap as he read the book and pretend to travel to the ancient civilizations each crazy key poem unlocked. In chapter one of The Primal Key, she reads the first poem aloud.

“I’ve made a bracelet of five crazy keys
And hidden secret clues within my verse.
Unravel them to open doors with ease.
Beware! What you find can cast a curse.
Behind doors cryptic, mystic arts reveal
The nature of all things, allowing you
To nurture life, evolve, protect and heal.
In time, perhaps, you’ll make the next breakthrough.
If you are stuck behind my doors and find
Your way is lost, then spot my little sign.
The pictures ’round the poems keep in mind.
What’s in each room and in my book align.
Turn pages now to read my simple rhyme.
Follow our quest and travel ’round in time.”

While studying the illustrations on the page, her suppressed talents emerge. She creates a massive, unbuffered portal that dumps her into Central Park in New York City and sparks a chain of events that change forever her life and the lives of those she loves.

Grandpa’s Crazy Keys The Bracelet Charms

Shortly after arriving at Grandmother Isadora’s estate, Anne discovers a bracelet with five key-shaped charms—the same keys depicted in Grandpa’s book.  Grandmother Isadora once believed the keys would open doors to wondrous places, but they didn’t even bend time. She deemed the Crazy Key Experiments a failure, but Isadora, for nostalgic reasons, continues to keep the bracelet beneath Grandpa’s portrait. Anne will soon realize the bracelet’s true value.

The key to translate the Agate Tablet (2000 BCE)

Language: Indus Script meaning “farmers who bear.



The key to translate the Carnelian Tablet (1200 BCE)

Language: Linear B script meaning “wild threads.”


The key to translate the Amber Tablet (1000 BCE)

Language: Egyptian Hieroglyph for Thoth (the God of the Moon, Magic and Writing)


The key to translate the Onyx Tablet (700 BCE)

Language: Chinese Seal Form symbol for “chi.”



The key to translate the Crystal Tablet (100 BCE)

Language: Epi-Olmec script meaning “the pass.”

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