A Stowmarket storyteller has released his second children’s book - all about a boy and his badger.
James Campbell, 41, has travelled up and down the country for the past 19 years telling stories to kids at more than 2,000 schools.
Now James, who has also tried his hand at stand-up comedy, has had success in the world of writing with the release of his second book today.
James said the ideas for his books came from his experiences touring schools.
“The first book, Boyface and the Quantum Chromatic Disruption Machine, came out in June,” he said.
“It is about a boy called Boyface who is ten years old and whose family are stripe mongers - they buy and sell stripes.
“Their main business is getting hold of zebras cheap, sticking them in the disruption machine, removing their stripes and selling them as ponies. They of course have a lot of stripes left over so they can put them on your cat, on your sister, on your car or your wallpaper. But legend says the machine can do other things too.”
For the second book in the series, Boyface gets a tartan badger for his birthday.
James said: “The badger is pretty much the worst pet in the world - he only eats artichokes, he only poos in your underwear drawer and bites you on the feet as you sleep.
“But he is soon kidnapped and it is up to Boyface to get him back. The original idea for the disruption machine came from when my boy was just a baby - about eight years ago.
“I kept looking at all his striped clothing and thought it would be amazing to be able to reduce the number of stripes or turn down the volume on tartan. “I was also influenced by my grandparents. They had a restaurant and it was the place that life revolved around.
“But like the stripey shop, there were places I wasn’t allowed in. There is a lot of that in the books too.”
James is currently looking to bring his storytelling to schools in Suffolk, where he has lived for the past five years. To find out more visit www.thejamescampbell.com