This book includes a competition in the back that encourages children to engage with the author, illustrator and publisher regarding future Vera McLuckie stories. Educational and support organisations can contact the publisher directly if they wish to purchase multiple copies: for resale or otherwise.
Jane Evans lives in Edinburgh, UK with her husband, daughter, cat and six fish. Although she has had many different jobs over the years, she keeps coming back to her first love, writing. 'Vera McLuckie and the Day Dream Club' is her first book, written with kids in mind who sometimes find things a bit tricky. Ruth Mutch is a young artist, living in Glasgow with her rather lazy cat Phoebe. She is autistic and has a post graduate qualification in autism as well as a Primary Educational Studies degree and an HND in interactive media. She has a lot of experience of autistic children. Mutch has done various illustrations for autism awareness including an e-learning course but this is her first venture into illustrating a children's fiction book which she is very excited about!
"As someone with dyspraxia myself, I could relate a lot to Vera's character! Teaching children about accepting and understanding difference is so important, and this book does that perfectly. The story itself is thoroughly engaging, with brilliant illustrations throughout. I loved this book and I wish I'd had it to read when I was younger!" - Natalie Williams, Dyspraxia advocate and blogger *** "The book really highlights the day-to-day struggle of school when your way of learning differs from the norm ... This book is a reminder of how life-changing it can be for a child with fragile confidence when their individuality is recognised by an interested adult and their talents encouraged. A feel-good, motivational story." - Kathy, Support for Learning (SFL) Teacher *** "Jane Evans' Vera McLuckie and the Daydream Club is a superb children's book celebrating the importance of diversity and exploring hidden disabilities ... Through Evans' powerful storytelling and Ruth Mutch's captivating illustrations Vera McLuckie and the Daydream Club will be able to relate to many young children and inform them that their uniqueness is a superpower." - Jake Borrett, Dyspraxia advocate and blogger *** "I absolutely loved your book. I thought it was highly original and it will be so uplifting for kids to read something to show how everyone has strengths no matter what. The way the characters portrayed characteristics of children with specific difficulties without explaining what they were in black and white was very clever. I imagine there will be many children who will be able to relate to at least one of the three main characters. It was very moving too and there were tears in my eyes over the power of the messages the book gave out." - Sarah Matthews, Primary School Teacher *** "I always welcome books for children that talk about difference in a largely positive way whilst still introducing the concept of difference and difficulties. It is through children that perceptions (and ultimately acceptance) will change so it is great to see an author with this at the heart of her message ... I like the book, it is friendly and positive and realistic. I would recommend it as a read in all classrooms and for parents and families of children who are 'quirky' or that little bit different ... Certainly a story I would recommend to our members and supporters." - Gill Dixon PGCE, MA, BHSc(Hons), RGN, Dyspraxia Foundation Trustee *** "This is a great wee book; nicely written and beautifully illustrated. The combination of everyday life and fantasy worlds will make it appealing to younger readers and the story is one that is many children will relate to. The characters are interesting and well drawn, in both words and images, and the font that is used for the text makes it easier to read for people with dyslexia. Having dyslexia myself I often find I have to read things a couple of times or more to be sure I've got it right but I had no such problem with this. I also really liked the fact that once you finish reading the story readers are given a good reason to go back and review the pictures. All in all this is a lovely book and I hope we get a chance to read more about Vera and her friends in the future." - Celine, Art Tutor, Project Ability