Jamie over the moon at ‘Astrosaurs’ visit

From left, Jamie Stewart (P7a), Steve Cole - Author Steve Cole presenting Jamie Stewart with his certificate & a box of Steve's books
From left, Jamie Stewart (P7a), Steve Cole - Author Steve Cole presenting Jamie Stewart with his certificate & a box of Steve's books

The imagination of one Glenrothes youngster has earned himself and his school friends a personal visit from a best selling children’s author, reports NEIL HENDERSON.

Jamie Stewart (10), entered a competition to create a new ‘Astrosaurs’ character and was selected as one of 20 winners from around the UK.

As well winning a visit to his school by his favourite author, Jamie was also presented with a set of personally signed books.

Steve Cole, creator of the Astrosaurs stories was warmly greeted by the pupils and staff at South Parks Primary School, Glenrothes last Thursday.

The popular Astrosaurs books chart the adventures of a crew of dinosaurs living in space, following Captain Teggs and the DSS Sauropod crew as they fight evil across the galaxy.

He came up with the idea of crossing an astronaut with a dinosaur to create the ‘Astrosaur’ character six years ago.

The books have since become a best sellers with school children. So much so that Cole is about to launch the twenieth book, ‘Earth Attack’ in the ongoing series.

Jamie’s winning entry caught the author’s attention because of its originality.

Mr Cole explains: “Jamie thought up a very original character which is called Log Cloot.

“He’s an orange, flying Astrosaur who also happens to be a vegetarian and it was clear to me that Jamie had obviously thought very hard about the competition and has seen a gap in the market, as far as the characters were concerned.

“The drawing he submitted was also excellent and very eye-catching, it was very clear and concise and I could instantly see that the character was worthy of being an Astrosaur.”

Head Teacher, Lorna Sanaghan said the school was ‘delighted’ by the visit of the author.

She added: “The books are great favourites with the children and we have even been using them as part of the teaching, the children are totally enthused by them.

“They have proved very popular and they really are wonderful stories.”