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Local dad authors children’s book

A dad's love and creativity came together as he wrote a personalised book for his child, creating a heartfelt and unique literary treasure.

In a heartwarming endeavour, an ordinary dad has poured his love and creativity into writing a book specifically tailored for his child.

The Adventures of Andy Greenleaves is a captivating story that explores the power of imagination and the joy of storytelling in a world dominated by digital distractions. In this enchanting book, author Matthew Rufaine Hindley emphasises the crucial role of reading and its transformative impact on children’s development.

The book explores the power of imagination and the joy of storytelling in a world dominated by digital distractions.

In an era where instant gratification and virtual experiences prevail, Hindley delves into the importance of fostering imagination and adventure for children. Inspired by his daughter’s desire for more screen time, Hindley embarked on a journey to gift her the ultimate present – the world of imagination.

The importance of adventure, fantasy and imagination books for children

Adventure, fantasy, and imagination books hold immense significance for children as they play a crucial role in their development and growth. These genres of literature spark the flames of curiosity within young minds, encouraging them to explore new worlds and embark on thrilling journeys.

Adventure books teach children valuable life lessons such as bravery, resilience, and problem-solving skills. They instil a sense of wonder and excitement, broadening their horizons beyond the confines of their everyday lives.

Fantasy books transport children to enchanting realms where anything is possible, fueling their creativity and imagination. These stories introduce them to mythical creatures, magical powers, and extraordinary quests, fostering their ability to think outside the box and dream big.

Imagination serves as a gateway to the wonders of nature, where children can immerse themselves in vivid landscapes under the sun and sky. The author emphasises the value of great stories that ignite the imagination and leave room for personal interpretation.

By encouraging interaction and engagement, Hindley creates a memorable bonding experience with his daughter, Lillyanna, as they explore the realms of storytelling together.

The story centres around Andy Greenleaves and the enchanting world of Florentia, a microscopic realm thriving beneath the earth’s surface. The protagonist, Andy Greenleaves, embodies the character and likeness of Lillyanna, embarking on extraordinary adventures within Florentia. From riding a talking snail named Whee to encountering fascinating creatures like colour bumbles and glow bugs, Lillyanna’s imagination soars, and her bond with animals deepens.

The Adventure of Andy Greenleaves captivates young readers and imparts essential lessons on nature conservation and the delicate balance between different worlds. The Hindley family’s bedtime routine turns into cherished moments as the story evolves, with Lillyanna actively contributing to the narrative, inspiring the creation of whimsical characters and magical encounters.

Matthew, with his wife Hayley, a passionate reader, decided to transform their story into a book targeting older children. Through meticulous writing courses and extensive planning, Hindley brought the world of Andy Greenleaves to life. The process was not without challenges, from finding the right illustrators to evaluating editors. Still, the end result proved to be worth every effort when they witnessed Lilly’s excitement with the finished product.

The Adventures of Andy Greenleaves has touched the hearts of many families, inspiring them to embrace their imagination and embark on thrilling storytelling adventures of their own. The Hindley family invites readers to join them in experiencing the wonders of imagination this enchanting book offers.

“In a world full of phones and technology, my aim was to lead kids back to using the powerful art of their imagination.  We all have the ability to do this and maybe a few of us just need a spark to ignite our own childhoods.  Andy Greenleaves was my spark and I hope it can be yours too” Says Hindley

“In the end it wasn’t just Lilly’s imagination that came alive, but the whole family just couldn’t wait for bedtime to continue creating Florentia,” says Matthew.

The book is available on amazon.com

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