|Wigan illustrator aims high with children’s books to highlight environmental issues
MR.P illustrator Leanne Mansfield
A Wigan mother is hoping her work for a set of new children’s books will find their way on to the school curriculum and educate children on the perils inflicted by litter and waste.
Leanne Mansfield, 35, of Shevington, is working with children’s author Roger de Kassel on a series of adventures involving a London pigeon called ‘Mr.P’.
The first book is entitled Mr.P and the Silver Red Bag. Each book aims to teach children about moral and environmental issues in today’s society.
The independent authors have recently teamed up with Clean Up Britain, the anti-litter campaigners, to raise more awareness.
Leanne, a graphic designer and illustrator, said: “Roger gives me the script and I create the characters. He is probably my best client as he never has any questions!”
“It is definitely more of a drive knowing that there are moral issues behind the books. It lends a different perspective to the project and these are great educational books too.
“Mr.P and the Silver Red Bag tackles the implication of leaving litter. It is epidemic of our society today and people take it almost for granted, for example, that dropping litter out of a car is okay.
“My husband is a salesman and recently brought some German colleagues to Wigan. They couldn’t believe the amount of litter in the city and questioned whether this was regular.”
Leanne added: “One of the books Mr.P and the Sticky Gum looks at the consequences of chewing gum has. Not many schools look at these issues.”
Three further books are due to be published before the end of the year. The most important, according to the authors, will be ‘Mr P and the Red Poppy’, which aims to highlight the importance of Remembrance Sunday.
“A lot of kids don’t really know why we commemorate this day,” she added. “We hope to change this perception.”
For more information on the books go to: www.mrpbooks.com