A new children’s book written by a Ramsey man will officially launch at Waterstones in March.
‘I Call Him Mr Flubbergump’, by Anthony E Rea, is aimed at children aged five and under, and sold its first copies, limited to 30, through Facebook within 20 minutes.
Forty five more copies were quickly produced and sold, and the retail giants have asked Tony to launch it at their Douglas shop with an in-store signing session.
‘I have been writing for many years, ranging from short scripts for filming and animations, to purely for my own amusement,’ says Anthony.
‘Mr Flubbergump arose from writing a story I thought would appeal to my then three-year-old nephew.
‘It had to be short, bright and easy to follow, but above all fun.
‘I gave myself 20 lines to write a story and decided it should rhyme, so that when read repeatedly, a child would know when the rhyming words were coming and associate the written word with that sound and its meaning in the picture.
‘Having come up with the story I used my animation and illustration background to come up with the character and illustrate the book itself.
‘At this point I decided to find out how appealing it really was by making a Facebook page for Mr Flubbergump and adding some of my illustrations.
‘It received a great response and this was the final piece of inspiration I needed to knuckle down and turn a short story and a few pages of illustrations into a working book.
‘I was overwhelmed by the response I got when I put them up for sale on Facebook!’
Anthony hopes to release a series of books about the character and is already penning his next adventure. He is also working on a graphic novel for young adults and is a director of, and lead designer for, Wellard Animation and Film, a Ramsey design company.
Follow Mr Flubbergump’s adventures on Facebook here www.facebook.com/mrflubbergump?fref=ts