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Bryan Patrick, age 4, chases record for 'World's Youngest Author' with debut book
Bryan Patrick, age 4, chases record for 'World's Youngest Author' with debut book
Bryan Patrick, age 4, chases record for 'World's Youngest Author' with debut book

Published on: 04/17/2024

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NEW BERN, N.C. (WCTI) — Bryan Patrick, 4, finished writing his first book and now aims for the Guinness Book of World Records title of "World’s Youngest Author."

Bryan’s story seems to come straight from a storybook itself. It’s a journey from an obsession with letters to writing a book all by himself. His parents, both educators, Eleanor and Ervin Patrick, noticed his unique fascination with the alphabet when he could spell words like “axolotl,” a type of salamander.

He keeps both of us on our toes," Eleanor said. His love for letters spilled into every aspect of life from family trips to the Alphabet Museum and birthday parties. He even dressed up as a superhero of his favorite letter 'B.'

His love became a project, creating an alphabet garden with the help of his parents in their backyard where each letter matches a plant. “None of this is anything we planned... he had some ideas and we just rolled with it," said Eleanor.

However, Bryan’s talents extend further. Despite still being in preschool, he has already mastered skills older children can do. "He really has mastered Kindergarten already, I mean he can read pretty fluently. He knows all the letter sounds, and numbers, he can count too," Eleanor added. He can also multiply and divide, a concept Eleanor said is taught to third graders.

His parents are tasked with figuring out an appropriate grade level for Bryan because of his advanced abilities. However, they emphasized that Bryan’s achievements have been largely self-taught.

None of this has been a sit-down and ‘you have to learn this.’ It’s really been self-taught, self-guided, and Mom and Dad go along for the ride," Eleanor said.

Eleanor said every night, Bryan would type out the alphabet on the computer gradually evolving into sentences, and then an entire book in just one month. While the current holder of the title is Saeed Rashed AlMheiri, another four-year-old, Eleanor said Bryan is younger than him by just a few months.

To become the world’s youngest author, he must sell 1,000 copies of his book.

Byran's family is hosting a book launch party in New Bern.

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