Banchory man publishes picture book for charity

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Once Upon A Time – there was a 19 year old man from Banchory who published his first children’s story and decided to sell copies for charity.

Rohan Stevenson-Robb, who has Down’s Syndrome, has created a heart-warming story called ‘The Lazy Monster’ about a Lazy Monster, an untidy room, food and the value of friendship.

The student at Bieldside’s Cairnlee House wanted the proceeds from the book to be shared between Camphill School Aberdeen and Down’s Syndrome Scotland (DSS).

Rohan created the story and did the illustrations himself then was helped by friend and Co- Worker Craig Harper to create the book online.

Craig, from Aberdeen, is a graduate from Gray’s School of Art currently studying children’s illustration at Cambridge. He instantly saw the potential for a beautiful children’s book and knew how to progress the project.

Rohan’s family distributed the first few copies to people with young children and the response was so good that they decided to produce 100 copies to help the organisations that have helped their son so much.

Rohan said: “I don’t like a messy room – but I do like food and my friends. I am proud of The Lazy Monster and want to give the money to Camphill and DSS.”

He hopes to produce a sequel to ‘The Lazy Monster’, which will be called ‘Monster House’.

Rohan’s mum, Yvonne Stevenson-Robb, said: “We had no idea that Rohan planned to produce a book and so were delighted, and proud, of his amazing achievement.”

To order a copy of ‘The Lazy Monster’ call 01330 824394 or 07947 443384. The book is also available in Buchanan’s Bistro and at Newton Dee shop.