Dacorum author celebrates the release of her second children's book

The book is being released today (March 31)

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 7:21 am

An author from Markyate is celebrating the release of her second children's book - 'Woody, where are you?'.

Following on from the success of Suzan Moule's first book, 'Woody's Park', she has continued with the same theme and characters in her second instalment - but in a more interactive format.

Suzan said: "I’m so happy with this book, I really wanted it to be bright and colourful for the children to enjoy and read along with and it really is!

Suzan and Woody, and her new book

"The stories are based around my black Labrador who was still around when I wrote the first book.

"Although he has now sadly passed away, I love that I can continue writing about him and he can live on through the books.

"The inspiration for the books actually came while I was out walking him, so it's only right really that he's a part of the books.

"He will always be in my heart and it’s so nice to be able to continue my writing journey with Woody there too."

'Woody, where are you?' is a rhyming book with fewer words and lots more colourful pictures so the children can really be immersed in it.

Suzan added: "This is quite an interactive book, whereas the other one was more of a bedtime story, it's for children who will get involved and read along.

"There are lots of great illustrations and lots of rhyming in the book. My Illustrator Amelia was amazing and really understood what I was after and the pictures are just right, which isn’t easy to do but we connected and worked well together.

"My publishers Austin Macauley have also been great and the result is just what I wanted – a lovely book!

"It's very colourful and I'm excited for it to be released."

Suzan hopes to be able to return to visiting schools, nurseries and hospitals to chat with the children regarding her book and read to them.

She said: "It gives me so much pleasure to sit with the children, they all seem to love Woody and hear my stories.

"I love seeing them smile and it’s definitely what’s needed after a tough year for them all.

"I think my favourite time is when we have a little Q & A at the end and the questions they ask are hilarious. Most of the time they are regarding Woody or have some reference to my other lovely tree or animal characters but sometimes with no reference to my book at all.

"One little boy asked me if I had ever been on an aeroplane and another if I liked cheese!"

‘Woody, where are you?’ is due for release today (March 31) and will be available at all leading bookstores and online from Austin Macauley and Amazon.