Fun children’s book launch


As a child growing up in the southwest of England, Helen Lear had a passion for writing and books, often producing illustrated short stories to give to family and friends.

After building a career as a communications consultant and writer, and settling here, she has finally achieved her ambition and written her first children’s book, which will be launched at Kiama Library.

“Since becoming a mum to two young boys who love books, I’ve felt driven to create my own stories that will engage, entertain and inspire them and others to become strong, brave and kind young people,” she says.

“The idea for Frankie Pants came about when our beloved family cat, Frankie, sadly passed away.

“I wanted to find a way to keep his colourful character alive in a fun, action-led book with a positive message that young children could feel inspired by.”

Frankie Pants & Mr Fox is the heart-warming tale of lazy neighbourhood feline, Frankie. At the stroke of midnight he transforms into Frankie Pants, a modern-day hero who sets out to save the neighbourhood from the dastardly devious Mr Fox.

The book is beautifully illustrated by Katya Swan, a children’s illustrator and graphic designer in Dublin.

The free event will include the first public reading of the story, book signings, superhero craft and morning tea. $1 from the sale of each book on the day will go to WIRES wildlife rescue.

Details: Saturday 7 March, Kiama Library 10am-noon. For more information and to RSVP, visit

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