FUN BOOKS: Local mother Heidi Seeto is excited to finally be publishing her range of children’s books.
FUN BOOKS: Local mother Heidi Seeto is excited to finally be publishing her range of children’s books. Paul Braven

Eight books under her belt - next stop, a publisher

IT'S taken three years of hard work but Gladstone mum of three Heidi Seeto has eight children's books under her belt.

She has written and illustrated the 15-page books about animals and their adventures.

But the twist is that the books are contrary to what each animal is known for.

"It's not the usual children's book," she said.

"They're humorous and feature storylines with giraffes that are afraid of heights and bears that are hyperactive."

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Mrs Seeto tested the books on her seven-year-old and said the twist idea was a raging success.

"There are some big words in there but I have indexes at the back of all with the words explained," she said.

"I've kept the pictures simple and the pages low so I captivate their attention."

Hours of research went into story lines, but Mrs Seeto said the venture would never have been started without her father's help.

"Originally Dad and I came up with an adult version and had so much fun we thought, 'Hey, let's make a series for kids'," she said.

"I still send everything to him to look over and he's quite involved with the project."

Mrs Seeto now has the challenge of publishing her eight books.

"It's $800 per hardcover book, which includes copyrighting, publishing and manufacturing," she said.

"At the moment I can't afford that so I'm planning on releasing them as ebooks."

The first eight books are just the beginning for Mrs Seeto, who has plans to expand the books to more than 50 animals.

The series so far:

  • The insomniac bear
  • Hooratio the owl
  • Giddy the Giraffe
  • Eddie the ant eater
  • Freddie the penguin
  • Scamp the boa
  • The quack less duck
  • The friendly cheetah


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