About The Author
|Superheroes||AnneMarie Callan, born in Ireland and now living between Spain and the UK.She has two sons and four grandchildren.|
Skellee was a character I created many years ago. At first there was only one Skellee character but over the last four or five years, as I created more stories, I had to create more Skellee characters. It became too much for one Skellee to deal with.
I loved the idea of creating modern day folk lore, superheros, for children and this is what the Skellee Rescue Service represents.
Even though I was dreadful at telling stories to my own children, I think I have made up for that shortcoming by readily entertaining my grandchildren, who loved the Skellee stories.
I have also tested them on a group of nursery and after-school children whose ages ranged from two to seven. The response was incredible, according to the school staff. I certainly had tremendous pleasure seeing their little faces light up, particularly on the second story about the football.
In the end, it was the inspiration from my grandchildren, which instigated my developing the characters in a commercial way. Since reaching that decision, everyone I told the stories to, wanted to add something and basically get involved in some way or another.
My biggest obstacle along the route was learning to paint.
Having a father who was a brilliant artist and studied as the The Slade School of Fine Art, meant it was quite a hurdle for me to overcome my fear of not achieving anywhere near his standard. However, I was fortunate to meet an amazing inspiration international artist, Mary Aitkinson, in Javea. She instilled in me that I had a gift and gently pushed me along the way until I achieved the confidence I needed.
By the time I finish the first edition of the whole A to Z series of Skellee books, I’m sure I will be quite good at painting and the second edition of the books will certainly be different. I just hope that people will find these first paintings of the scenes and the characters, endearing.
The rescues that each Skellee has to perform are generally not possible by other rescue services. However, each of the Skellees have unique tools for each job and nothing is too difficult for them.
I know that children will love the stories and that is what is most important to me.
About The Skellee Superheroes
|Superheroes||The Skellee Superheroes are a series of books for young children aged from 3 to 8 years old.|
Each Skellee superhero has a uniqueness which only a Skellee can have. Every child who knows about the Skellee Rescue Service, knows how to contact the Skellee operator and knows that a Skellee and only a Skellee will come to the rescue.
The series is growing towards being an A to Z of Skellee superhero characters.
Each book includes a fun interactive quiz, which has the added advantage of helping young children with comprehension, a skill they will use at school!
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