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Pandora – the perfect picture book for Brexit Times

Listening to the news just now, about MPs being jostled and abused while trying to get into Parliament, makes me realise just what a Pandora’s Box the referendum turned out to be.

The referendum was supposed to be advisory, just to find out what the country wanted, assuming it would return a good majority to remain.

But oh my goodness, look what curiosity did. Look at all the forces that have been unleashed. All the attitudes and positions we were blissfully unaware of, that have been emboldened.

If you are wondering how to explain Brexit to little ones, you could do no better than to go back to the original warning story of them all.

Teach children now about when to leave well alone, so they don’t make the same decisions when they grow up and take control themselves.

Tell them that Parliament was so curious to find out what the people thought, they decided to ask them. The referendum was like a Pandora’s Box, they knew should be left well alone – their job was to make the choice themselves, but Parliament was just too curious, it had to lift the lid and find out. It never expected what was going to happen, how their failure to govern and make decisions has brought us to this.

Work stops work!

I’m currently working of the finished artwork for my forthcoming middle-grade novel, Walker – the boy who can talk to dogs. It’s a bit of a thriller and adventure and has lot and lots of dogs in it!

I love it and am putting together the the beginnings of Walker’s next adventure while I’m doing the artwork and my creative juices are flowing and my mind and visual memory filled with the characters.

Meanwhile my other project goes o hold a bit.

Other project?

Yes, Later this month I will be launching a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to publish  anew picture book called Special Delivery. The story revolves around Penni and Benni, who have their own website already!

I began the website before Christmas to really get these characters in my head. They have no idea what is about to hit them, later this month. It is a bit weird posting blogs, as if I were these two characters. Penni is a fashion blogger – her role has quite changed my outlook – I now linger longer over the fashion pages in the colour magazines!

Go and have a look at Penni and Benni in their quiet, before the storm hits them and why not join their instagram account?

Euclid in Amazon top 50 math books

I was aimlessly looking at Amazon ratings this morning when I noticed one stat was looking quite good. My book, Euclid, the Man who Invented Geometry is in the to p 50 children’s math books – number 37 today, in fact.

Being number one would be terrific, is I need some help to get there. If you have this book or have read it, then I’d be most grateful if you would leave a review on Amazon for me.

What would boost the position, of course is if lots of people were to buy the book!

Euclid, The Man Who Invented Geometry came about when I discovered that a school banned the use of compasses because of health and safety implications – they have a sharp point! The education implication was that the children had no idea how to draw a circle or construct shapes from geometric principles. I’m sure that drawing shapes and bisecting angles in geometry played as much a part in my drawing g skills as did any art lesson.

I made a series of videos about Euclid, where he became a slightly eccentric character explaining his theories  to his friends. Because his friends were with not very bright or not very cooperative, Euclid had to work from basic principles and bring them along with his ideas – step by step – the Axiomatic approach.

Having made the videos, I realised that the script worked as the text to a book, so I put it all together and published it as my first independent book – and very proud I was too!

To have got it up to number 37 in the Amazon rankings with very little publicity is amazing and makes me realise I should maybe add a little effort to push it up a bit further.

So please follow the links and leave a review or buy a copy for a struggling mathematician who needs a different approach to the subject or for a genius mathematician who needs a little light relief – we all need that from time to time!

100% 5 star reviews! What do they say so far?

Great book

Can’t be beat to introduce kids to Euclid and Eclidian geometry.

At last, a book that is fun and informative.

This is the perfect introduction to geometry principles for my 5yr old. He absolutely loves the characters and videos; It makes me wish there were more.

Love it! My sons are drawing up a geometric storm!