A WORCESTER dad of two has landed his first book deal to bring the stories he first told his daughters to get them to sleep at bedtime to life.
Neil Pettifer won a publishing deal with Green Cat Publishers which has seen ‘The Litle Lamberoo’ hit the shelves in Waterstones and online at Amazon.
The dad of two wanted a calm story to help his youngest daughter, Lana, aged four, drift off to sleep and minimise her waking in the night with bad dreams.
“Lana would wake at least twice a night with nightmares, but now when we have Lamberoo journeys before bed she dreams about being in the stories and dancing in the clouds,” he said.
The learning mentor at Tudor Grange Academy began writing the tales for his daughters. But as the stories grew more popular amongst his nieces and nephews he decided it was time to let a publisher read through the manuscripts.
Green Cat Publishers were captivated with his stories and are now publishing his first book.
Inspired by his daughters’ names; Lana and Amber, The Little Lamberoo has many adventures ‘just past the clouds, but before the stars’, enjoying Lamberoo cake with purple icing before she snuggles down her head for bed.
Neil teamed up with his friend David Webb from WEAREBEARD onThe Butts for the illustrations.
“I am thrilled to see ‘The Little Lamberoo’ developed and brought to life thanks to David’s hard work. This story was created and brought to life in Worcester, which I am proud of. David’s illustrations really pull the reader into the bedtime adventures,” Neil said.
This first paperback is aimed at younger children, but enjoyable for the whole family at bedtime.