May 19, 2020

I wrote a children’s book!

They told us to pivot. Rethink your business, they said, to those of us affected by Coronavirus. So being a travel blogger with no where to travel to, I did just that – embraced the pivot and wrote a story about it.

Well not a story about the pivot, because I’m not a life coach, but about the Coronavirus. A story for 2-6 year olds about living in lockdown.

It started as a little rhyme in my head originally for my (great) nephew and niece (the ‘great’ is in brackets because I like to pretend I’m not that old). But originally it was for Albie and Gussie – who were feeling a bit fussy. It featured their parents, my parents, my sister and brother-in-law and some other rellies.

It’s about a family living in their self-isolation bubble and going on a social-distancing walk with each family member including the dog. It was a big bubble. Then they come upon Coronavirus, the meanest germ of all, sitting on a park bench and everyone springs into action to get rid of it once and for all.

The newly illustrated cover of Lucy Lou beats the Coronavirus
The newly illustrated cover of Lucy Lou beats the Coronavirus

In the original version I just used free images downloaded from Pixabay, set it up as a 12-page book and emailed it to them. Then I was commissioned by a friend to write one for her new grand daughter named Lucy Lou (who had things to do) – and mummy and daddy, and two sets of grandparents and two aunts. Then one for Mali Moo and her huge family with a new baby that suddenly arrived during lockdown. Then another friend commissioned one for baby Axel (sitting in a satchel) and his grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins and then I got to thinking…

The story is a time capsule. It’s about the families all over the world who were locked down during the pandemic of 2020, so I wrote a new one called Lucy Lou beats the Coronavirus with Lucy Lou (because it’s cute!), baby Liam and big brother Jake, their dog, their parents and their grandparents off for a social-distancing walk, coming upon the virus and what they all did to get rid of it.

I paid an illustrator who created the images to go with the actions, then I typeset the book myself (I used to be a graphic designer in a former life) and sold it as a downloadable pdf online for NZ$6.99 with $2 going to local charities.

Inside pages of Lucy Lou beats the Coronavirus

But it soon became clear that people wanted a physical book, that reading it on an iPad or laptop was not as fun as opening the pages of a book in bed.

So, I’m excited to say that I am getting Lucy Lou beats the Coronavirus printed!

It’s a 28-page fully illustrated colour paperback and is available now for pre-sale for NZ$19.95 plus p+p with copies ready by about mid-June for shipping, NZ-wide to begin with.

Inside pages of Lucy Lou beats the Coronavirus
Inside pages of Lucy Lou beats the Coronavirus

About Megan Singleton

Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio in NZ every Sunday. Former Travel Editor at Yahoo NZ and current freelance writer for a few newspapers and mags from time to time, I set off on this travel writing journey 20 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!) I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for my newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!

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