Lowick illustrator teams up with celebs for charity

�500 cheque presentation to Drout charity at Morpeth Town Hall with (left to right) Gillian Turner-Town Clerk, David Tinlin from Drout and Louise Currie-Community Action Northumberland.'REF 2210131731
�500 cheque presentation to Drout charity at Morpeth Town Hall with (left to right) Gillian Turner-Town Clerk, David Tinlin from Drout and Louise Currie-Community Action Northumberland.'REF 2210131731

Lowick illustrator Julia Patton has collaborated with celebrities from the world of music, sport and showbiz to produce a book for the BBC’s Children in Need appeal.

Each participating celebrity has written a section armed only with the information of the main character – a half-girl, half-dinosaur called Fi-Rex – and with only the final line of the previous part.

This unique idea has resulted in a hilarious tale which twists and turns like no other, which will raise thousands of pounds for the charity.

The Mail on Sunday has called it the ‘most exciting children’s book written this year’.

Julia said: “It’s been wonderful to be a part of this year’s adventure, raising money for the fantastic BBC Children In Need charity.

“Having complete artistic freedom working with the celebrities has resulted in one quite bonkers but brilliant book.

“I’m so very proud of The Curious Tale of Fi-Rex.

“There are a host of signings and events coming up over the next few weeks, and I just wanted to say thank you so much for everyone’s support.”

Authors (in order of appearance) are Jamie and Jools Oliver, Amanda Holden, Ronan Keating, Bear Grylls, Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster, Coleen and Wayne Rooney, Denise Van Outen, Andy Murray, Leigh Francis, Tom Daley, Sir Paul McCartney, One Direction, Take That, Kate Moss, Annabelle Neilson, Nick Grimshaw and Kylie Minogue.

The book will be televised on the BBC Children In Need evening on Friday, November 13.

Fat Fox published the book and is behind a Books For Schools promotion with WHSmith to bring The Curious Tale of Fi-Rex to 100 primary schools. Contact hello@fatfoxbooks.com or email julia@juliapatton.co.uk