A book written by Little Horsted author Julia B. Grantham has become a best seller in five categories on Amazon.
The categories include safety for children, and books for house and home for children.
Julia’s book, A Mole Like No Other, is a children’s story book focusing on the adventures of a cuddly toy Mole, who is bought by his new owner at an Easter Fair.
The book is set in an English country house with a traditional garden. But behind all this tranquillity, challenges and even dangers, await the characters.
The story is told with humour and explores many life lessons and values such as being brave, safety, helping others and responsibilities. The book also introduces the concepts of counselling with children.
The fictional book has reached an audience as far afield as America and Australia, with many fans following ‘Moley’ on his Facebook page.
Julia lives with her husband and son in Little Horsted along with two cats Moley, Owlie, and also the toys which make an appearance in the book.
There are ducks and pigeons in the garden, chickens across the road, as well as squirrels, pheasants, and deer, who visit often and who may also make it into a book one day.
Julia is a trained medical doctor and therapist. She touches on her career in the book so as to demystify the concepts of counselling, “Mrs Richards….was a counsellor…patients came to her for help and advice every day,” says the narrator.
Julia hopes this aspect will open up conversations with young children about the concept of counselling, as well as therapy sessions at a time when children’s mental health and wellbeing are so profound.
Schools and libraries are invited to take part in Zoom read-a-long sessions, where Julia will read parts of the book and introduce children to cuddly Moley – complete with his high-vis jacket on.