The new window display at Hale End library features Highams Park reptile resident Albert the tortoise… or at least the illustrated Albert. There’s a few pictures below but if you pop down and look in the library window you can see more…

The display marks the publication of local resident Ian Brown’s debut children’s picturebook ALBERT UPSIDE DOWN.

Ian has also gifted three copies of the book to the library to loan.

A former journalist, Ian is a long-time writer and producer for television. His credits include The Simpsons, Top Gear, This Is Your Life, The South Bank Show and writing for hundreds of household names.

ALBERT UPSIDE DOWN is the first in a series of books inspired by the family pet tortoise. It tells how garden creatures have to come to Albert’s rescue when he ends up on his shell. For 3+ and tortoise fans of all sizes, with charming illustrations by Eoin Clarke, the book has themes of kindness, the importance of teamwork and helping others.

“Written long before the pandemic, little did I know the idea of helping others get back on their feet would be so important when the book came to be published,” said Ian. “I used to spend ages in libraries when I was a child and I believe they are an important asset.”

For those interested, the book is also available to buy from Highams Park’s  V and A bookshop opposite the station.

More information on the book and real Albert can be found at: AlbertTortoise.com