On Thursday 2nd March, the husband and wife writing >team who go by the name Karen David came to visit the day centre to read us a snippet from their brand new book 'The Kingdom of Puli' which tells the tale of three generations of the Royal Puli family and the magical, mystical adventures they embark on.
The event was enjoyed by all who had the opportunity to attend. The authors introduced us to all of the characters then transported us into this marvellous world - with the help of their brilliant character models.
We would like to thank Karen & David for taking the time to visit us, and for letting us experience this world they've so cleverly created.
I'm sure this book will become a firm favourite here at Welwyn Hatfield Day Centre.
Hatfield couple’s literary success inspired by departed pet
PUBLISHED: 09:55 24 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:25 24 March 2017
A children’s fantasy book inspired by a Hatfield couple’s much-lamented dog has been stocked by major retail chains and is selling well.
Amazon had just made a second order for The Kingdom of Puli, and Waterstone’s has told authors Karen and David Levy it is popular with customers.
The Sovereign Place couple wrote the book over several years, drawing inspiration from their Hungarian puli dog, Jimmy , who died about a year ago.
Karen, 53, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “David puts in all the swashbuckling and fighting, but I put in the humour. David did a lot of research, but I did all the drawings.”
Whenever they took Jimmy, a rescue dog from the RSPCA at Ridge, to local parks, they found children were fascinated by his woolly coat.
Karen said: “They would say he looked like a cloud, or like a sheep on a lead.”
In the fantasy world they have created, supernatural puli dogs live in the clouds, but in their book, a spell condemns one to live on earth as a normal dog.
The book spans several generations and historical periods, incorporating Florence Nightingale, Robin Hood and late Georgian times.
First published by Austin Macauley in January, it is currently stocked by WH Smith, Foyles, Waterstones and Amazon.
The Levys have given readings, helped by Karen’s hand-made puppets, at several Welwyn Hatfield primary schools and day centres for people with learning disabilities, always with an enthusiastic response.
David, 58, has retired from his career as an electrician to concentrate on the books.
Karen, who suffers from the autoimmune disease lupus, said: “Children love it. I did about half the drawings in hospital. It has been good therapy, and it has brought us closer together.”
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