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First time author from Kedington teams up with Haverhill artist to produce a debut children's book




The pandemic lockdown of 2020 provided a wannabe author with the opportunity to push on and realise her dream of writing a debut children’s book, which has just been published.

Rebecca Boyd, a law and history graduate from Westward Deals in Kedington, found that, despite being forced to stay at home and educate her three daughters, she could still evoke a sense of adventure in her children without leaving the house.

And so, with her imagination fired, along with those of children Elodie, nine, Olivia, 13 and Emily, 15, she began to write The Search for The Purple Sloths.

Rebecca Boyd and her daughter Elodie, nine, after whom the main character in her debut children's book is named. Picture by Mecha Morton
Rebecca Boyd and her daughter Elodie, nine, after whom the main character in her debut children's book is named. Picture by Mecha Morton

Rebecca, 41, who works at the Plough Inn, Hundon, where the book was launched last Sunday at a signing session, said: “I’ve always wanted to write but never had the chance to and along came lockdown and I thought, let’s give it a go.”

Working remotely with her illustrator, Haverhill-based artist Gary Theobold (who happens to be a family friend), Rebecca created what she described as a ‘wonderfully engaging adventure in a book’.

In it, the central character Elodie, named after her youngest child, leads the reader on an expedition through a magical doorway into a jungle in search of the illusive and mystical Purple Sloths.

Artist Gary Theobald did the illustrations for Rebecca Boyd's debut book, The Search for the Purple Sloths. Picture by Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk
Artist Gary Theobald did the illustrations for Rebecca Boyd's debut book, The Search for the Purple Sloths. Picture by Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk

The 36-page book is ideally suited to four to seven-year-olds and has been published by Stour Valley Publishing, based in Blois Meadow, Steeple Bumpstead and founded and run by Haverhill writer, Carl Mynott.

Rebecca said: “I did get accepted by a lot of publishers but I went with Carl to keep it local.”

The book can be bought through the publisher’s online bookshop, ShookBop, online at Waterstones or at most good bookshops.

Rebecca has already had a second children’s book, The Search for the Colourful Giraffe, written and accepted for publication by Stour Valley Publishing.

The illustrations,which will again be done by Gary, are yet to be completed and it should hopefully be released later this year or early in 2022.

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