Does Nick Park read my mind? There are times I have thought so. It must be that we are of a similar age and think in similar ways.
Back in 1990 Wallace and Gromit first appeared on TV. I was amazed, because my book, Santa’s Secret Diary, which had just come out, had a sold-out toy of the season, that Santa was having difficulty sourcing. What was the toy called? A Gromit!
My Dad used the word all the time when he was rewiring the house. Gromits were little rubber rings that were used to soften the sharp edges of metal electrical boxes.
I love watching Wallace and Gromit, but I often have moments when I think, “Wait a minute! I thought of that!”
But thinking isn’t doing. Ideas, contrary to what most people think, are two a penny. It’s what you do with them that counts. So I’m comfortable in the knowledge that Nick Park – who I’ve never met – and I, are must be connected to the same zeitgeist or idea-energy-centre that floats around us.
But this time I beat him to it. My Dug, was first! My Dug is a Bronze Age boy doing the Bronze Age stuff that Bronze Age boys do. I called him Dug because he digs for tin, one of the constituents of bronze. Nick Park’s Dug is more of a teenager, I think.
Perfect for Primary and elementary school projects on the Bronze Age, you can get my Dug books from the links below.