It's taken a while, but I've finally finished a new children's book. It's called On The Banks of Hatchet Pond and it'll be hitting shops shortly.
I've not written this one - just illustrated it - so the concept and words are those of the very talented Val Anne Lee. Val is a wonderful poet with a gift for fun children's verse; the sort of thing that's an absolute pleasure to cuddle up next to your child and read out loud.
The story is set, as the title suggests, on the banks of the New Forest's Hatchet Pond, and features a beautiful glittering dragonfly called Dizzy and a lumpy, grumpy frog called Podge. Podge doesn't think much of himself and even when he tries hard it doesn't go too well - but beating inside him is the heart of a hero.
It's been great fun to illustrate Val's words, and today I shared the book for the first time - hot of the printing presses - with the children from Beaulieu Primary School. It went down very well, but more on that soon!
Although it's going to take a little while for the book to find its way into the New Forest shops, you can buy a copy now direct from me if you like. They are £4.99 each plus p&p. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll let you know what you need to do.
More On The Banks Of Hatchet Pond news in the coming days!