7th Dec, 2021

Meet the Coventry Kids - Author Aaron's latest book introduces children to city's famous sons and daughters

A CITY author has released his latest book to teach children about 12 important Coventry figures.

‘Meet the Coventry Kids’ has been written by Etch and Pin owner Aaron Ashmore to retell the stories of some of the city’s most famous sons and daughters.

Aaron said: “Coventry is known worldwide for producing notable individuals from Sir Frank Whittle to James Starley to The Specials and ‘Meet the Coventry Kids’ shines a spotlight on the fantastic achievements on a handful of these.”

One of the Coventry kids featured in the book is comedian and actor, Guz Khan who said: “I could body-swap with Idris Elba, win the sexiest man in the universe award and fly to Mars with Elon Musk to find alien life which fancied me, but that wouldn’t come close to being included in this book about my hometown.“

The new book launched with a special live-reading with year five children from Whittle Academy – a school named after Sir Frank Whittle – one of the 12 people featured in the book.

Class teacher Lisa Sharratt said: “We were delighted to invite Aaron to the school to read his new book.

“Our children were enthralled to listen to the book read by the author himself and the visit sparked lots of conversations about the many wonderful people who come from our city.”

 

Some extracts from the book…..

THE SPECIALS

Singing about their ‘Ghost Town’,

The Specials stood for equality.

Becoming the face of 2-Tone music,

the biggest export of our city.

25 years after they formed,

Their records still fly off the shelf.

Performing on the Cathedral stage,

Telling people to ‘Enjoy Yourself’!

 

SIR FRANK WHITTLE

An engineer and pilot,

A daredevil in the air.

But Whittle’s lasting legacy,

Were the inventions he had to share.

Sir Frank was the inventor of jet engines,

That flew at great speed and height.

You can see the Whittle Arch,

Light up our skyline at night.

 

Third book from Etch and Pin

The new book is the third Etch and Pin Coventry children’s book and follows ‘Lady Godiva’s Birthday Suit’ – the story of Lady Godiva’s iconic ride through the city and ‘Coventry – The Phoenix City’ which tells the story of the Coventry Blitz and the destruction and rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral.

Aaron worked with illustrator Jessica Harvey, who lived and worked in the city for over a decade, bringing the Coventry legends to life with hand-drawn images.

As with all of their products, Etch and Pin is supporting a local charity and £1 from every book sold will go towards providing books for Positive Youth Foundation which aims to raise the aspirations and life chances of Coventry young people facing challenging circumstances.

Visit etchandpin.co.uk/CovKidsBook to buy the ‘Meet the Coventry Kids’ book.

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