Welwyn Garden City man publishes children’s book for Great Ormond Street Hospital

A NEW children’s book in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital has been launched – and its all thanks to one man from WGC.

CAN you tell the difference between a Hairy Ellen and a Trouble Muncher?

Have you ever met a One Eyed Swirly, taken a shot against the goalkeeping Os-Fi-Na-Ra or challenged the mighty Spikerboo to a swimming contest?

While none of this probably makes any sense right now, parents and children might want to brush up on these terms, as they could very soon become household names.

Jiggly Boggly and the GOSH Monsters is a new illustrated children’s book created by schoolchildren from across all 32 London boroughs.

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It follows the story of Jiggly Boggly – the so-called GOSH monster caretaker – as he travels through the capital meeting all the other weird and wonderful creatures designed by the youngsters.

All proceeds from the book go to Great Ormond Street Hospital – hence GOSH monsters.

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And it is all the idea of WGC resident Clark Beecroft.

Clark, 26, decided to publish a children’s book following the death of his father, Steve, in November 2010.

“My dad passed away and me and my sister were left some money,” he said. “I wanted to give something back, almost like a gift to London.

“I thought Great Ormond Street Hospital was the most recognisable charity for kids. It’s the biggest hospital in London, and this is a London book. It really works.”

Clark pitched the idea to the hospital in January 2011, and then set about getting 34 schools – including Great Ormond Street’s own school and another from Epping Forest – to participate.

Each school was asked to select four pupils to play the game Monsters – where each student draws either the head, torso, legs or feet of the creature.

Their monster was then sent to one of 34 professional illustrators to be created.

Dr Lisa Sainsbury then composed a story linking the beasts together.

“It’s been great fun,” said Clark. “The highlight was visiting all the schools and meeting the younger kids who’d never played monsters before.”

The book was officially launched at a lavish celebration at Hamleys Toy Store in London, where guests included ex-Arsenal striker and TV pundit Ian Wright.

“The launch went brilliantly,” said Clark. “They gave us the entire store for two hours.

“There was a red carpet for guests, people selling books, a monster drawing corner and all the families came along.

“The feedback’s been great.”

Jiggly Boggly and the GOSH Monsters is available to buy at the GOSH monsters website priced �7.99.

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