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Isaac and Caiden Gatward were very excited when they received their copies of Uncle Pete and The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep

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Award-winning Oban children’s publisher Little Door Books is publishing  its first early-reader chapter book tomorrow (Friday April 30).

Aimed at six- to nine-year-olds, Uncle Pete and the Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep is the first title in a new magical fantasy-adventure series, written by award-winning author David C Flanagan and illustrated by previous Little Door Debut, Will Hughes.

The tale features the eccentric Uncle Pete and his nephew Harry, a young boy who has never slept in his entire life – no matter how hard his parents try to help him. Coming to Harry’s aid, Uncle Pete embarks on a magical, hilarious adventure alongside his fearless female sidekick. With themes of determination, collaboration, ingenuity, kindness and acceptance, Uncle Pete and the Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep is the perfect book for young readers who enjoy adventure, quirky fun, and lovable characters.

Author David, who is based in Orkney, told The Oban Times Uncle Pete and the Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep reflects his passion for adventure stories, his love of animals, and his slightly whacky sense of humour.

He added: ‘This is my first story for children and I’m thrilled to be in the very capable hands of Little Door Books who have done a fantastic job bringing it all to life.

‘I’m also delighted to be working with the hugely talented Will Hughes, whose illustrations perfectly capture the characters and atmosphere of the story. I can’t wait to share more Uncle Pete adventures and very much hope children enjoy reading them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them.’

It seems David’s hopes have already come true, as two Oban youngsters have given the book a massive thumbs up. Isaac and Caiden Gatward received the manuscript from the publisher last year to review and loved the story, and its quirky characters.

Isaac, 10, said: ‘The book made me laugh a lot.’ While his younger brother Caiden said: ‘My favourite bit was when the mouse put on her sunglasses.’

Little Door Books has won multiple awards for its wonderful picture books, but this chapter book is a new endeavour for the publisher, which makes this title a very exciting first.

Publishing director, Alan Windram, said: ‘Uncle Pete and the Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep is our first book of 2021, the first title in a brand new series, and our first chapter book for six- to nine-year-olds, so lots of exciting firsts!”

Uncle Pete and the Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep is published in paperback on April 30, with a sequel to follow in early 2022.