Did you ever have an imaginary friend growing up?
I didn’t by lots of my friends did and both my children like to pretend they are chatting to people often, they don’t have imaginary friends per say by they will the voices of their toys in role play games, and they have often tried to blame their toys for doing something they know will get them in trouble.
Kevin is the latest book written by award-winning author Rob Biddulph.
This is Rob’s fifth book and it has been said his best yet. It is based on his own daughters imaginary friend.
When Sid makes yet another mess and his mum reaches the end of her patience, Sid does what anybody would do and blames it on his big, furry, vanilla-and-pink imaginary friend called Kevin……
And while it seemed like a good idea at first, Sid gets an unexpected surprise when he finds out that Kevin and his world might not be so imaginary after all……and while his imaginary friend might be make-believe, his feelings are all very real.
Kevin is a beautifully illustrated rhyming tale of friendship, kindness and taking responsibility for your own actions.
Talking to Rob about the inspiration for his book he said:
Around ten years ago when my daughter Kitty was two, several imaginary friends started to make regular appearances in our lives. There was the brilliantly named Demonstrated who spent all of his time on the swing at the end of the garden. Jinny and Polo were imaginary parents who lived about five miles away from us and were “much nicer” than my wife and I. And then there was Cleverin. He was a big, strong, furry, vanilla and pink chap (Kitty was always very specific about the colouring) who lived in the loft space above her bedroom. He’d often come down to visit, usually when a toy had been broken, a drink spilt or a bedroom left untidy.
Ding. A lightbulb moment.
“That would make a good children’s story” I thought. “But I don’t know how to write a children’s story” I thought immediately after that first thought. Nevertheless, I decided to have a go, and a month or two later I had the bare bones of a picture book. I summoned up the courage to send it to several agents and editors but, while everybody seemed to like it, we couldn’t quite manage to get it published. Then somebody suggested I write a story for a couple of penguin characters I had drawn and as a result Blown Away, and not Cleverin, became my first children’s book. About a year ago I was chatting with my editors at HarperCollins and happened to mention this old story that I had knocking about, and how I was thinking of changing the lead character’s name to Kevin. They loved the new title and, more importantly, they loved the story too. So I disappeared for a few months to redraw the whole book (my style has evolved somewhat over the last decade) and wound up with Kevin, as you see it now. It’s definitely my favourite of the stories I’ve written and we all have very high hopes for it. I’m thrilled that Clev-, sorry, Kevin is finally going to reach an audience. I really hope you all enjoy it.
Rob has very kindly given me 10 copies of his 5 books to giveaway to 10 very lucky readers. All you have to do to enter is fill in the rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will close at midnight on 17th September 2017 and is open to UK entries only. Good Luck