14 Feb '13, 8am

The story behind @NeilHumphreys' children's book 'The Day A Panda Really Saved My Life':

The story behind @NeilHumphreys' children's book 'The Day A Panda Really Saved My Life':

The Day A Panda Really Saved My Life Known for his humour columns and his bestselling Notes From Singapore series, British author Neil Humphreys decided to base a children’s book on his daughter after reading Lauren Child’s classic series Charlie and Lola , in which the female protagonist is ‘cheeky, quirky, irreverent and a tad anarchic – as all little girls are and should be’. In the first book of a planned series, four-year-old Abbie and her teddy bear best friend Billy are transported by a magical suitcase to a faraway mountain, where they encounter a panda that eventually lends them a very useful paw. The idea of the story itself first popped into Humphreys’ head after his family got back from a holiday in Australia, and his daughter would ‘pull this child’s suitcase up and down the apartment every day, informing us all she was off on holiday, [so] I thought a magic s...

Full article: http://www.timeoutsingapore.com/kids/feature/the-day-a-pa...

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