Go, Tony, Go! is a children’s picture book celebrating the exploits of
five-year-old fundraiser Tony Hudgell who had to have both his legs amputated after a difficult start in his infancy.
Back in June, Tony hit the headlines after completing a ten kilometre walk on his prosthetic legs, raising money for Evelina London, Children’s Hospital, where he was treated by consultant surgeon Michail Kokkinakis.
Tony had been inspired by Captain Tom Moore’s walk and was determined to make people focus on his ability and not see the disability. He is an incredibly determined individual who appears not to recognise the words, ‘you cannot’.
Tony, in turn, inspired former teacher Sarah Kingdon-Ward to write a children’s story featuring the irrepressible young hero, who set out to raise £500 for Evelina London and has now raised well over a million pounds.
With illustrations by 13 year-old Evie Thacker and digital editing by local artist Joanne Mitchell, the book contains bright and cheerful pictures showing the young hero Tony in real and imagined scenes, together with questions posed to the reader on every page to encourage an immersive reading experience.
Proceeds from the sale of the book, which will be launched in early November, will go to Evelina London Children’s Hospital. It will come as a high-quality square format hardcover book with sewn binding and will retail for £6.99.
Blue Poppy Publishing is keen to encourage shoppers to buy books from their local bookshops and support their community, but if you can’t do so, you can also buy copies of the book directly from the website: bluepoppypublishing.co.uk.