Our Group Creative Director, David Jackson, has recently turned his latest tales of ‘Elmo the Hippo’ into books.
After writing ten children’s books about ‘The Adventures of Patricia the Hippo at the Source of the Nile’, author David Jackson has turned his attention to a character that went missing in book three only to reappear near the end of the ninth book.
David decided it would be fun to explore what might have happened to Elmo after his encounter with some humans on the way to the ‘Sacred Place’. This enabled him to create some brand-new stories with all new characters.
You can read about the journeys of Elmo in the book “Being Human” and its follow-up tale “Mistaken Identity”. A third adventure titled “Iron Mask” is currently being written.
“Being Human” Synopsis
Elmo is a young hippo living at the source of the Nile on Lake Victoria with his tribe when the decision is made to visit the mysterious Sacred Place. On this trip, Elmo is kidnapped by tribesmen who inhabit one of the islands and taken to live with them in a world that is alien to him. Elmo has to grow up being tested every day with adventure and danger.
Elmo is visited by the Earth Spirit, who has singled him out for something special, and he realises he has to live and learn to fulfil his own destiny.
Elmo sees the damage that humans are doing to the world around him. He needs to survive, understand their ways and think of what the future holds for the animal kingdom – a challenge indeed.
“Mistaken Identity” Synopsis
Elmo is a hippo that lives on the banks of Lake Victoria, near the source of the Nile at the town of Jinja. He has been bestowed with a greater understanding of human behaviour following a visit by the Earth Spirit and a period of captivity on Busaka island.
During his time on Busaka island, Elmo befriends a fez-wearing chimpanzee named Charlie and his family, along with a white leopard called Cleopatra. Now they have escaped from the island, this group of animals must learn to adapt to their new surroundings and make peace with the humans that inhabit the area.
Complications arise when a new uncompromising police commissioner arrives in Jinja, with his modern policing practices. He soon has a surprising suspect in his sights for a long-unsolved case.
David’s books are suitable for children aged 6-12, and you can find out more here: www.patriciathehippo.com