Friday, 8 November 2013

My new book: Waiting for Hugo

Waiting for Hugo was published last month by Windy Hollow Books. It is a picture book for children from about 4 to 7 years. Beautiful watercolour illustrations by Claire Richards bring the story of Hugo, who loves counting, and his sister, to life. The book explores the complex mix of positives and negatives in sibling relationships, through a story about Hugo's fascination with counting just about everything he comes across. I was inspired to create the character of Hugo by children I've worked with as a teacher. Over the years I've met many children who have passionate interests or fascinations, and observed how these shape their lives and relationships with family and peers. While many of these children have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, just as many others have not. They just happen to have particular fascinations, or what some might term 'obsessive interests'. What is always interesting about these children is the amazing skills or knowledge that can grow from such interests and the time devoted to pursuing them. in Waiting for Hugo I celebrate Hugo's great skills in counting as well as exploring the challenges for those around him, especially his sister, who is the narrator in the text.

Here is a link the publisher's page about Waiting for Hugo. I look forward to sharing Hugo's story with many children. Happy reading (and counting!)

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