We sat down with Sue Donhym (tricky!) to find out the story behind the Manimal Tales. Here’s what the writer had to say:
Where do the Manimal Tales come from and what are they about?
I started writing children’s stories over the past year or so, after my son was born. I love the idea of personalized books and wanted to create an experience for children to feel like they themselves are the heroes of the stories. I also wanted to create books that were fun not just for the kids to read, but also for parents to enjoy as well. Too many of the books I was reading to my son were just not that interesting for me to read.
And so I came up with the Manimals. The Manimals are funny, sassy characters that live happily together in Manimal Forest. However, they keep getting into trouble, and when they do, it’s up to your kid to save them! They have fun names (see the images with this story) and unique personalities to go with them.
Each book is personalised, meaning you can put a child’s name in and choose a character that looks like them, and they become the hero of the story. They’re beautifully illustrated (not by me) and funny (hopefully, me), with life-learning situations for kids.
Very cool! Where can we get these from?
Please check out the books on manimaltales.com. Since we are still in lockdown in India, you can currently get free digital eBook copies of all the books. Test drive them with your kids – or someone else’s! They make great gifts! We are doing international orders on our global site (we ship worldwide from the UK).