Book of the Week: Scotty Plants A Seed

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Multi-Million selling author to publish children’s picture book, Scotty Plants A Seed, on climate change on World Earth Day

Conn Iggulden has teamed up with illustrator Lizzy Duncan on an adventure aimed at inspiring the next generation of environmentalists. Scotty Plants A Seed was originally produced to distribute to all delegates attending the UN’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, and will now be published on World Earth Day, April 22.

Scotty Plants a Seed reflects World Earth Day’s message about the need to protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations and introduces climate change in a gentle way to three- to six-year-olds about the small changes we can all make to protect our planet.

Expanding Scotty into a picture book available has been the work of best-selling author Conn Iggulden, known for his historical fiction writing and most notably for The Dangerous Book for Boys which was published in 2006, and illustrator Lizzy Duncan, who has been illustrating and designing for the BBC, Channel 4 and Harper Collins for the last 30 years.

Scotty Plants a Seed follows cheeky Scotty, a little Scotty dog who was blown onto the Isle of Mull deep in the heart of a storm. When a fisherman gives him an old collar with ancient writing on it, Scotty is whirled off on a series of extraordinary journeys with his best friend Owl. Crotchety old Owl loves trees – his home being one – and the collar whisks them away to India to see the Banyan, to Brazil to see the last tree standing, and to East Africa, where new seedlings are sprouting into fresh forests.

Author Conn Iggulden said, “Scotty is about hope – in the future, in our ability to solve problems. The little things we choose to do are the ones that matter most. We’re delighted Little Door Books took on the little dog.”

Illustrator Lizzy Duncan said, “When I read Conn’s story of a little dog with a big heart I knew that this little pup could make a difference. Scotty has been an absolute passion project for me and so much fun to illustrate. The message that making small changes can make a big difference is an important one. From learning about the shade of the Banyan tree to meeting the Marmosets in the amazing Coaba tree, Scotty’s adventures will encourage us all to get out there, look after our planet and plant a seed.”

Scotty Plants a Seed is published by Little Door Books and is available for pre-order now. It will be published on April 22, World Earth Day.

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