The Hospital Hoppities

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The Hospital Hoppities
By Charlotte Hartley-Jones
Illustrated by Anjalee Burrows

On general release 30th June in paperback and limited edition hardback. Pre-order below

Ollie spends a lot of time in hospital, and sometimes it’s very boring indeed. But one day he discovers the magical rabbits who live there and joins them as they do their good deeds around the wards. Ollie can be a hero too!

For some children, hospital is a place where they spend a great deal of time. The Hospital Hoppities is a story in setting which will be familiar to those children, which aims to make them feel ‘seen’ in children’s literature, and which empowers its main character with a helping role rather than a dependent one role.

The book was initially launched via the crowdfunding site Kickstarter and we want to send a big THANK YOU to all the people who backed the project and made it possible! Please scroll down to read the shout outs to them all!

The Hospital Hoppities will be on general sale from 30 June 2019, available in paperback and in limited edition hardback. Pre-order now.

Size: 203mm x 254mm (8″ x 10″)

Pages: 32

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Description

Ollie’s great grandma was very old. And very wise. when Ollie was young she visited him in hospital and whispered in a creaky, croaky voice, ‘Look out for the Hospital Hoppities.’

‘Hospital Hoppities?’ Ollie was scared, but his great grandma smile … and her eyes twinkled.

Ollie spends a lot of time in hospital, and sometimes it’s very boring indeed. But one day he discovers the magical rabbits who live there and joins them as they do their good deeds around the wards. Ollie can be a hero too!


The Story Behind The Book

The Hospital Hoppities was written by Charlotte Hartley-Jones, who has first-hand experience of life in the ward as her own son has a chronic condition.

Charlotte wanted to write a story with a background setting that resonates with children and families for whom hospital is not a scary unknown place, but is rather a place where they spend a lot of time and have to carry on ‘normal’ life within its walls. For families with children with chronic conditions, the community of hospital is important and the story emphasises the different elements of hospital life, while empowering the main character with a helping role, rather than a dependent one.

Illustrator Anjalee Burrows threw her heart and soul into the project to interpret Charlotte’s words beautifully. The story itself does not go into detail about the paraphernalia of children’s health conditions, but Anjalee’s illustrations depict various pieces of medical equipment, such as central lines, drip stands, heart monitors etc., to normalise them and help children for whom these things are part of daily life feel ‘seen’ within children’s literature.

The limited edition sturdy hardback copies are ideal for presenting as a gift to your local hospital, hospice or library. If you do that, please let us know so that we can feature the donation on our website and thank you on social media (unless you’d rather remain anonymous, of course).

Our wonderful backers

The Hospital Hoppities was initially launched on Kickstarter and we are very grateful to all the backers whose support made it possible. Thank you very much to:

Amanda Simmance
Andrew Donnithorne
Daniela & Chris
Eva Jordan
Fiona Linday, East Midlands
Hilary G, Oxford
Jane McKinney
Jennifer Thomason
Linda Graham
Nicki Jarvis
P Gaunt, Worcestershire
Samantha S
Sarah Lee
The Fens Magazine
W Hartley

(Names in alphabetical order. More to be added!!)

 

 

 

Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions 203 × 254 mm