Little Norfolk tales
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Feed your child’s imagination - Judith Palmer tells why these two Norfolk-based authors should be on your bookshelf this summer
By Matt Robertson
Matt Robertson grew up in Suffolk, and spent most of his childhood drawing and creating characters. He completed his MA in children’s book illustration at Cambridge School of Art in 2014, receiving a distinction for his work, and now lives in Norwich with his wife. Super Stan is Matt’s debut picture book, which he dedicates to his own super brother. It is about a little boy called Jack who feels overlooked because he has a super hero for a brother, but when Stan gets into trouble, only a super big brother can help. It is a heartfelt story about sibling rivalry, which would be ideal for children who struggle to see eye-to-eye with their brothers or sisters.
The hardback edition (£11.99) is available from Jarrold’s and The Book Hive in Norwich and online. The paperback edition is on sale from September 8, priced £6.99.
Bertie the Balloon at the Farm
By Kim Robinson and Aneta Neuman
- 1 20 of the best places to eat out in St Ives
- 2 Gardoolet: WIN this summer's best garden game
- 3 6 waterfall walks in Derbyshire and the Peak District
- 4 16 beautiful beaches in Devon you have to visit
- 5 20 of the best restaurants in Hertfordshire
- 6 Find your inner wild in the woods
- 7 A guide to moving to Somerset
- 8 12 beautiful waterfalls in Yorkshire
- 9 Seven Falls, Tintwistle - a hidden gem in the Peak District
- 10 Win the full range of Bashall Spirits Gins
After a career in TV production in Norfolk and London, Kim decided a change was needed to better fit around her life with her two children. So, last year she began publishing her own collection of children’s books about Bertie the red balloon. So far two books have been published (Bertie the Balloon at the Fairground and Bertie the Balloon at the Zoo), and received well. The third in the series, Bertie the Balloon at the Farm, is due out this month and is inspired by Kim’s childhood days of living and growing up in Norfolk farming countryside.
Priced at £5.99, all three books are available at Jarrold’s stores in Norwich and Cromer, as well as many Norfolk bookshops and online at Amazon and Waterstones.