Eccleshall writer publishes first book

First-time author Ann Scantlebury enchants a group of toddlers at the library with her tale of Mrs Perambulator.
First-time author Ann Scantlebury enchants a group of toddlers at the library with her tale of Mrs Perambulator.

It was May 2012 when Ann Scantlebury took pen in hand and started to write her very first book for children. She had an idea in her head and in no time, Mrs Perambulator was born and her tale took shape.

Wife, mother of three grown-up children and grandmother of young George, Ann managed to keep her new writing talents secret from the family, though husband Stephen was in the know and proved a great support all along.

Ann explained that she wanted to produce something special with little girls in mind, though mums tell me that even boys have taken Mrs Perambulator to their hearts!

“I thought that there are already a good number of books for boys – such as Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine, each with a named character.”

But why, in this instance, Mrs Perambulator?

“It’s an old-fashioned word and I wanted that sort of theme. Nowadays it has become almost unknown but was just the right word for the story I wanted to tell.”

“This is a book for sharing, a book for reading out loud, and mums and dads, grannies and granddads will be able to find echoes of their own childhood among its pages,” said Ann. Mrs Perambulator has her own adventures out in the countryside. She finds sadness and happiness but the picture, perfectly painted, is one of comfort and security.

Local artist and illustrator, Sam Ratcliffe, worked closely with Ann last year, and delivered the finished artwork on Christmas Eve.

The result is a delightful combination of words and soft watercolours that truly leave the listener/reader wanting more. The book, in full colour, is available at Little Monsters in Eccleshall, priced £6.00.

Ann, whose home is in Eccleshall, is a member of Eccleshall Poetry Group, and has made contributions to a number of their anthologies in the past. She is also know locally as a member of Eccleshall Players, where she produced plays such as Under Milk Wood and The Match Girl.