Creative talents on show in published children's book

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The creative talents of a Highfields alumna and current Sixth Form student are bringing the magic of reading to life for youngsters with the publication of their first children’s book.

The book, ’My Mum The Superhero’, has been written by Charlene Hemans, a former Highfields student who now works as a Business Administrator at neighbouring Penn Fields School, with illustrations by Sixth Form student Shelley Batt.

Inspired by her own children and how she hopes they perceive her, the book follows the story of a young girl's view of her Mum and how she manages everything she does like a superhero.

The collaboration between Shelley and Charlene - who is also a singer, songwriter and poet - came about by accident when Shelley popped into neighbouring Penn Fields to speak to a friend’s parent. During the visit, Charlene overheard reference to the student's artistic talents, and soon the newly-formed dream team were working together to bring the story to life in print.

Charlene, who lives in Wolverhampton with her husband and two children, said: I had an image of how I wanted the illustrations to appear and I had undertaken discussions with other potential illustrators prior to meeting Shelley, but once I talked to Shelley and listened to her ideas, I knew she was perfect for the job.

“She got them bang on and it felt as if she could read my mind.”

Shelley, who is currently studying A-Levels in Psychology, English and Textiles, said: ”The process took me a long time and I made a lot of sacrifices, especially when trying to work to deadlines in order to be ready for my exams, but I absolutely loved creating the illustrations.”

Charlene has plans for a sequel and Shelley will start working on these illustrations once her exams have been completed.

My Mum The Superhero can be purchased directly from Charlene at Penn Fields School, and is also available through Amazon at £7.49.

You can follow Charlene on Instagram or Facebook.

Posted on June 27, 2019 .