Acclaimed Liverpool author launches latest book on #ReadABookDay
When entrepreneur and critically acclaimed author Natalie Reeves Billing released ‘My Mummy is a Monster’ earlier this year, she knew it could be turned on its head, to discover a brand-new story from a mum’s point of view.
The book in which a young girl is convinced her mummy, wait for it, is a monster, is now being followed by ‘My Daddy is a Monster’ and will be launched today to coincide with National Read A Book Day.
Natalie explained: “My Daddy is a Monster is a part of ‘The Monstrous Me collection’ – a series of books helping children develop a sense of balance, roundedness, and wellbeing.
“Children have a lot to learn but also much to hold on to and cherish,” explains the author. It’s vital children open up about who they really are and embrace their natural gifts. On the other hand, for this to happen, parents need to stop and listen to their children before jumping to conclusions about their behaviour or decisions.
Natalie added: “This core belief empowered me to create a series of books that wasn’t just a passive reading experience for adults and their children, but one that was multi-layered and had both people thinking hard about the other’s point of view.”
Natalie explained how the series has lots of inspiration and positive reinforcement, while also compelling children and their parents to think and consider what the other may be thinking or feeling.
“The initial book My Mummy is a Monster was received very positively and we’ve since expanded beyond books to produce gameboards and papercraft patterns which children can make monsters and masks and can use whilst reading plus there are more books to come!”
‘My Daddy is a Monster’ is is available via www.lollipoplodge.net
More about Natalie….
Natalie Reeves Billing is a Liverpool lass with a spooky sense of humour, which often spills onto the page. She loves to write fantastical stories for young audiences and dabbles in poetry. Natalie spent most of her early career in the music industry as a performer and professional songwriter. This lead, almost inevitably, to storytelling.
Natalie is a fellow of the School of Social Entrepreneurs and a student of The Golden Egg Academy. She is mentored under the Lloyds Bank SSE program, with her literacy projects, and by Liverpool Editing Company. She is published in several anthologies with her poetry and short stories, including Writing on the Wall and 8N Publishing USA, with its Winter Chills collection. She is currently developing a children’s animated series with her scriptwriting partner and delivering creative workshops throughout Merseyside.
The Monstrous Me series has been hailed “Pure Brilliance” by critics.