Shenley resident Steven Vinacour has written his first children’s book, and hopes to continue producing similar content.
Vinacour has traded in his adult comedy standup shows for children’s books so he can show his children what he loves.
Steven’s new book, Ted and His Time Travelling Toilet, aimed at seven to 12-year-olds, is a time travel adventure set in a school with a boy named Ted who is desperate to get the attention of a girl in his class, Chloe. In order to do so he progresses through school by time travelling, with this particular story going back to the Romans.
The book follows the national curriculum, so ted will also visit the Tudors, Shakespeare and the Egyptians. This gives children the opportunity to learn and laugh at the same time.
Steven is currently touring the country to showcase his book. He has already visited Shelley Primary School in Horsham and is now attending schools in Harrow.
Steven said: “I’ve lived in Shenley for over 10 years, I love the area, my kids go to school here and I often work from home.
“I was inspired for this set of books by things I used to love when I was younger, like programmes such as Mr Ben and The Magic Torch. I wanted to write for my kids, they hadn’t seen any of my work because it was aimed at adults and I wanted to include them, so I began showing them what I do and love by writing this book.
“This is my first set of books aimed at children. I’ve written for TV shows for 20 years. The reaction has been so nice and readers have been so engaged. I love touring and seeing the kids and their reactions. I will continue to write the books as long as they love to read them.”
Steven encourages interaction with his books and there is a section that has a Q and A section so that readers can get in touch via a child-friendly Instagram page @stevenvinacourauthor or the website.
His book can be bought internationally from major retailers. His second book will be released later this year. All the of illustrations are drawn by James Cottell, an illustrator who has had work published in The Beano.