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Grumpasaurus (Paperback / softback) Product ID : 9780620891783
Grumpasaurus (Paperback / softback)

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Combining her skills as a writer in journalism and public relations with her role as a mother of three young children, former journalist Lucia Walker authored a fun, illustrated book for kids. Titled Grumpasaurus, the book is affectionately based on her two young sons and has been described as 'therapeutic' by a play-therapist. Walker took advantage of the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa to breathe life into a passion project she had dreamed of for years. While on maternity leave after the birth of her daughter in early 2019, Walker was able to spend more time with her children and pay closer attention to their behaviour, especially when they played with tech-devices. This gave her the idea for Grumpasaurus, and she started typing away at the story on her computer whenever she had a free moment. The book focuses on how children's moods change when they only rely on devices during playtime. When the main character Jet's Friday afternoon of playing on the TV and tablet doesn't go according to plan, he turns into Grumpasaurus, and is forced to find other ways of entertainment, including spending time with his brother. Grumpasaurus highlights what kids miss out on when they stay indoors playing on devices instead of playing outside with each other. When South Africa went into lockdown earlier this year, Walker decided to take the book to the next stage and set out to find an illustrator to bring her story to life. She contacted East London-based designer Julia Pols, who had never worked on a book before, but who was able to interpret Walker's vision, creating fun, lively illustrations to go with the story. It took nearly four months before the book was ready to be printed. When Brenda Leemans, a registered counsellor and play therapist read the book, she found the message therapeutic. About her journey, Walker has learned that following a dream doesn't have to be complex. It means finding the time to dedicate to it, even if it's tapping away at the keyboard in between kid's nap-time and dinner. Walker's second book is already in the design phase and this book is based on her second son. She wishes to leave this as a legacy to her children, which they can one day share with their own children.

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0.5 kg
Product Dimensions
240mm(L) x 240mm(W) x 15mm(H)
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0.5 kg
Shipping Dimensions
240mm(L) x 240mm(W) x 15mm(H)