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Worstead dad pens dinosaur book despite dyslexia

06:30 11 November 2012

Shane Mallett has designed, written and published his own childrens book. Pictured with his children Zane (7) and Pip (2).
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Shane Mallett has designed, written and published his own childrens book. Pictured with his children Zane (7) and Pip (2). PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2012

Inspired by his two young sons and a “vivid” imagination, a dyslexic man from Worstead has published his first children’s book.

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When the company Shane Mallett worked for lost its contract keeping “hole-in-the-wall” cash machines sanitised around Norfolk, the 42-year-old needed something to keep him occupied while entertaining his two sons Zane, seven, and Pip, two.

And based on an idea from a friend’s son, Mr Mallett, who works under the name arTEEsane, used his artistic skills to bring to life the book “B-Boys Brainasaurus”.

He said: “Writing is something I’ve always done but found difficult.

“I’m heavily dyslexic but now thanks to computers it’s much easier to work on projects like this one.”

Mr Mallett, who studied design and photography at Bournemouth, was diagnosed with the learning disability at the age of 16. But he has not let it stifle his passion for being creative.

The limited edition book has been made with the help of Mr Mallett’s son’s drawings and manipulated with photographs and artwork from around Worstead Primary School.

The book tells the story of when a teacher’s magic goes wrong while trying to create “wow words”. The teacher accidentally produces dinosaurs and B-Boy helps to gets them back, leaving just one who only eats words - The Saurus.

As well as using scenes from Worstead the book is printed by local printers S R Print and Design, based in North Walsham.

Mr Mallett said: “I’m a huge fan of keeping work in the local community and the more things that I can produce near by, the better. We don’t want to end up like the dinosaurs.”

● For more information visit www.arteesane.net.

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