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13th Jun, 2021

Solihull School trio join forces to create Crocolion Code during lockdown

Sarah Mason 12th May, 2021

STAFF from Solihull School have written, illustrated and narrated a children’s book during lockdown.

Simon Grove, Gary Johnson and Thom Stafford, who all work at Solihull Prep combined their individual skills and worked together on The Crocolion Code – which was though up by junior school teacher, Simon in April 2020.

The story, which is about friendship, centres around a character called Chris’ birthday.

Chris is a Crocolion – half crocodile, half lion – and the ending is a happy, positive one, concluding that the best things in life really are free.

Inspired by the tales of Julia Donaldson, Simon first put pen to paper in the first lockdown to write his book for children aged between four and seven.

Simon said: “Having children of my own and knowing how much they have loved some of the Julia Donaldson tales over the years, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I finally had time to do it.

“On our return to school I discussed the book with Gary and shared some of the character ideas; he mentioned that he enjoyed drawing and that he’d be happy to help with some sketches an offer I snapped up.

The pair then spoke with Thomwho is a trained and fully-qualified actor,about bringing the story to life and he kindly suggested that he’d narrate a digital version to share with friends, family and the Solihull community.

Prep School Porter, Thom, commented: “In March 2020, I started recording voice-overs for well-known children’s books and posting them on Facebook for families to enjoy.

“When I heard about Simon’s story, I jumped at the opportunity to be involved in narrating and sharing his terrific tale.”

The talented trio are now looking at publishing opportunities and would love to work together on a follow up title.

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