Troubador James and the Amazing Gift

Released: 28/10/2016

ISBN: 9781788036627

eISBN: 9781788032216

Format: Paperback/eBook

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James and the Amazing Gift


“Once there was a boy called James. From the moment he was born it was clear that there was something special about him. He just loved to smile.”

James has an amazing gift. He loves to smile. He also has an incredible ability to make everyone he meets smile too. But one day, whilst he’s at a garden centre with his mummy, he sees an elderly lady who does not want to smile. She is sitting in the corner with her purple hat pulled down over her face. She is all alone. James has to work really hard to get her attention. Will he be able to make the old lady feel as if she is no longer just by herself?

James and the Amazing Gift is an uplifting children’s picture book, about how a smile can go a long way to impact the lives of others. Nicola’s story focuses on happiness, positivity and spreading joy. This message is highlighted through the affect that James has on one elderly lady in particular.

Inspired by Judith Kerr, Julia Donaldson and David Melling, this beautifully illustrated story is for children aged between 3-7 years. The book aims to teach children of the importance of helping others. Nicola also hopes to raise awareness of the loneliness of elderly people, especially around Christmas time. For every book sold, £1 of the proceeds will be donated to the UK charity Contact the Elderly, which tackles loneliness amongst older people.

"It's utterly delightful and very sweet!" – Anita Dobson, film and television actress.

"A gloriously touching book. Both girls and I absolutely loved it." –Amanda Lamb, television presenter and mother.

"Absolutely love this book! What a wonderful, positive message! Well done Nicola!" – Dr Ranj Singh, CBeebies presenter

Nicola will be signing copies of James and the Birthday Balloon at Waterstones in walton-on-Thames on Saturday 11th November from 11am.

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This is a lovely heart-warmer of a story with a fantastic message to encourage our little ones (and us) with. If the world had some more amazing givers, we'd be in a much better state than we are. Brilliant that buying the book benefits a great charity (Contact the Elderly) too, well done Nicola!

by James

Nicola Rowley

Nicola was born in Basildon in Essex and credits having some great teachers at primary and secondary school who both inspired and helped with her love of the written word.

From the age of seven, when her aunt asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, she answered, a writer or a poet.

Nicola studied Journalism and Sociology at City University in London, so that she could become a Journalist and write. She fell in love with broadcasting and instead became a radio newsreader, TV producer and reporter, before moving into Communications.

In between it all, she also launched her own successful photography business, which she still runs today, specialising in children and families, weddings and commercial imagery.

When her son was born in 2014, within weeks she started reading to him. It was from seeing his enjoyment from turning the pages, learning new words and going on special adventures, that inspired her to write her first book; James and the Amazing Gift.

Nicola lives in Hersham, Surrey with her husband and son.

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