Having been an avid book reader since I was a wee lass, I’m very pleased that T is taking after me with her love of books. With her starting school in September (eek) we have been getting into the habit of reading books each day before bed to try and get her used to it.
When we were contacted by Nico Russell on Twitter @BlueFluffBooks with a view to reviewing his self published book “Nana’s Knickers” of course we jumped at it!
The very first thing that jumped out at me was the illustrations by Charlie Meyer, A4 pages full of colour and details. Even on the fourth time round T was finding new little things (the little mouse was a particular favourite). The font was especially chosen to help young children who are learning letter shapes and the plain backgrounds were painted yellow so those with dyslexia could see the text more clearly.
The book takes the reader on an amusing adventure as Nana wakes up and can’t find her favourite pair of knickers. The tables are turned as her grandchildren advise her to retrace her steps (how many times have we as parent’s said that!) until Nana finds her frilly knickers! The words have a wonderful lilt and rhyme to them.
Nico wrote the book due to his unceasing appetite of his niece and nephew for new stories. The process took two years and despite receiving tremendous feedback from schools and children, he has entirely self funded the book as publishing houses were unwilling to take a risk on a new author, despite him being the youngest ever winner of the National Poetry Competition in 2012.
This makes me sad. How many other wonderful books are out there unread because publishers don’t want to take a risk? What if an author doesn’t have the option to go self funded?
Nana’s Knickers can be ordered at Blue Fluff Books for £5.99 (plus p+p) or a signed copy for £6.50 (plus p+p) – http://bluefluffbooks.com/