A Holmes Chapel Brownie has become a published author after taking part in Girlguiding North West England’s Beatrix Potter 150th Anniversary challenge.
Evie Lynch, now aged 10, was inspired by the Beatrix Potter stories which she read with her grandparents from an early age. When her leaders at 1st Holmes Chapel Brownies announced that they were taking part in the Beatrix Potter 150th Anniversary challenge, Evie was inspired to author her own children’s book.
Evie and her grandfather, Carl White, spent the summer of 2017 developing their own original story ‘Splosh and Pop’. Together, they researched the top tips for creating a children’s book, developed the storyline and aimed to have the book illustrated and printed ready to give to Evie’s 4-year old cousin as a Christmas present.
It took Evie and her grandfather six months to create the book, from the initial idea to final print. Their process was very detailed from editing the story-line, creating amusing yet realistic scenarios, developing rhyming paragraphs and ensuring that a variety of sentences and adjectives were used to create an interesting story.
The illustrations of the book are based on photographs of Evie’s mother as a child and were brought to life by Ukraine-based artist Valeria Leonova.
Evie, aged 10, said: “I loved the way Valeria brought the story to life. I’m really proud of the book and what we have created together, it was very exciting to read it to my family and especially my cousin on Christmas Day.”
The book is now being sold and promoted in a local shop in Macclesfield called ‘No Place Like Home’. The owner, Heather, was previously a Girlguiding leader and was delighted to stock a product made by a member of Girlguiding.