Man’s debut rhyming tale delights school children in Lowestoft

Julian Shreeve from Carlton Colville has written and illustrated a childrens book about Montgomery F

Julian Shreeve from Carlton Colville has written and illustrated a childrens book about Montgomery Frog. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A humorous rhyming tale about a frog called Montgomery and his friend Tiberius Toad has been delighting school children in Lowestoft.

Julian Shreeve from Carlton Colville has written and illustrated a childrens book about Montgomery F

Julian Shreeve from Carlton Colville has written and illustrated a childrens book about Montgomery Frog. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The book, entitled Montgomery Frog's Fierce Fish Adventure, is the work of debut author Julian Shreeve from Carlton Colville.

Mr Shreeve, an engineer at the Sizewell B power station, decided to write and illustrate a children's book after speaking to a colleague.

His work has been used during lessons at Oulton Primary School, resulting in rave reviews from staff and pupils.

He said: 'I started to write about two years ago now.

Julian Shreeve from Carlton Colville has written and illustrated a childrens book about Montgomery F

Julian Shreeve from Carlton Colville has written and illustrated a childrens book about Montgomery Frog. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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'I was originally inspired by a work colleague who had written a children's book but had never tried to get it published.

'I got to think that was something I would like to have a crack at.

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'I started writing rhyming children's stories and trying them out on the children of work colleagues.

'The feedback I was getting from the kids was that they loved the stories but they would like to have pictures to get their imagination going.

'I thought, what have I got to lose, and had a go at illustrating the book myself.'

Mr Shreeve, 52, used a tablet computer to create Montgomery and his friends.

His first self-published book, aimed at five to nine year olds, is now on sale at Beccles Books, Jarrolds in Cromer, The Holt Bookshop and online at Amazon.co.uk.

Mr Shreeve added: 'It feels really great to have done this. I never really had the confidence when I was young to go ahead with it.

'My mum always said I was good at art, I always got good marks at English and people always said I had a good imagination.

'But my dad was always strong on apprenticeships. That was the way it was back then.

'I was led, I think, towards going into engineering and getting an apprenticeship.

'So now to be able to do stories and illustration and get the feedback I am getting feels really good and is reward in itself.'

Mr Shreeve is now working on his next book - Montgomery Frog and the hungry heron.

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