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Hermitage author hoping to Kickstart his first children's book

Classroom readings prove popular with pupils

Chris Ord

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Hermitage author hoping to Kickstart his first childrens' book

LOCAL author Martin Small, has been regaling classrooms across West Berkshire with readings of his first book Mr Love and Mrs You and their Wonderful Planet.

And now the 35-year-old from Hermitage has set up a crowd- funding campaign to get the book published.

Mr Small, who is dyslexic, has been holding group readings of his book with youngsters at local schools and nurseries, which have proved very popular.

The readings are also an opportunity for Mr Small to chat to children about the issues he had as a pupil growing up with dyslexia, to help them avoid the same struggles.

“When I had my son I would make up silly rhymes and stories to make him laugh,” he said.

“I would read books to him and just got the idea to put my silly stories down in a book myself.

“I know how frustrating reading and writing can be.

“But enjoying the adventure of books is for everyone, so I created Mr Love and Mrs You to be a wacky, whimsical and wonderful story that will take both reader and listener on a magical journey together.”

Funding for the book, which has been on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter for just over a week, is already approaching £1,000. His target is £5,103 to cover publication costs.

“It’s going really well, and I’m really proud of the book,” he said.

“The kids seem to love it too.”

For more information or to back Mr Love and Mrs You and their Wonderful Planet visit kickstarter.com and search “Martin Small”.

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