Monster success for Psychology graduate's first children's book
A Swansea University Psychology graduate will see her first children's book for four to seven year-olds launched in Wales this weekend.
Sid the Sock Eating Monster
Sid the Sock Eating Monster, by Awen Little (nee Davies, pictured), tells the story of what happens to all the socks that go missing in the washing machine.
Nottinghamshire-based Awen, who is originally from Carmarthen and is a fluent Welsh speaker, said: "The idea for Sid came from a manic morning when trying to get ready for work and not being able to find a couple of pairs of matching socks for the girls."
"I’m a full-time working mother, so Sid had to be worked on at weekends and after my daughters went to bed," added Awen, who became a Licensed Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming last year.
As a school parent-governor, Awen is passionate about getting children to read at an early age by making it fun and this book features educational elements such as days of the week, rhymes, colours, and matching.
She loves the humour in the work of Therese James, an established artist, and was thrilled when Therese agreed to illustrate Sid.
Awen has since learned that Trinity College Carmarthen has chosen the book for students on teaching practice.
Awen, who graduated with a BSc (Hons) Psychology in 1984, retains a strong Swansea connection. She met her husband, Tony, while they were both studying at the University. And she also discovered while working on the book that Therese James' daughter, Juliet, graduated in Law from the University in 2005.
The Welsh launch of Sid the Sock Eating Monster will take place on Saturday, December 1, at Waterstone's, Carmarthen, where 50p from each book sold will be donated to the special Care Baby Unit at Glangwili Hospital.
Sid the Sock Eating Monster by Awen Little is published by AuthorHouse (ISBN: 978-1-4343-2007-0), priced £7.99. For more details visit the AuthorHouse website.