Don’t be alarmed by the sight of a flying tortoise and an abominable snowman at Hale End library – it’s just new displays marking publication of the latest books from local author Ian Brown.
The newest adventure for Albert the tortoise – inspired by real Highams Park resident tortoise Albert – is ALBERT IN THE AIR. Ian is also launching a new series of books featuring a yeti called Hugg and a flea called Bugg who star in Hugg ‘n’ Bugg FINDING HOME.
Hence the arrival of a tortoise tangled in flying balloons and a yeti in the library window.
Ian has gifted copies of both books to the library and they will be available to borrow from there soon.
The books are also available from local bookshop V and A Books where you can ask for copies signed by the author – and tortoise Albert.
ALBERT IN THE AIR is the fourth story about the accident-prone tortoise and in this tale he escapes from his garden home to discover the highs and lows of life beyond. It joins ALBERT UPSIDE DOWN, ALBERT AND THE WIND plus ALBERT SUPERSIZE on the library shelves.
Hugg ‘n’ Bugg are stories set in the Himalayas where flea Bugg does not like the cold. He sets off to find a warm new home. After several failed efforts, he discovers the fur of a messy yeti called Hugg. The unlikely pair team up and discover the benefits of helping each other. FINDING HOME is the first adventure for these new characters and, unlike the Albert books, these are rhyming stories.
“I’m delighted to be invited to put up a new display in the library,” said Ian. “They have been a great supporter of the books and I hope people will take to them as they have the previous stories. I also hope people will continue to support great local assets – our library and our bookshop.”
If local schools would like a storytime visit from Ian, he can be contacted via