Gants Hill printer publishes children’s book inspired by his son

PUBLISHED: 17:14 20 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:14 20 October 2017

Vincent Goodman with his self published book Zeddy

Vincent Goodman with his self published book Zeddy


Many parents have to pull an impromptu bedtime story out of the bag when no books are available, but they probably aren’t as well crafted as this one.

Vincent Goodman, 57, who runs Speedprint, Gants Hill, first dreamt up Zeddy – The sheep with a (super) secret, while reading to his then five-year-old son, Rafael, on holiday.

The printer, who has worked in the Cranbrook Road shop for the past 34 years, has now finally fulfilled an eight-year-old promise to his son, by producing a hard copy.

“We were on holiday in France and there were no books,” he told the Recorder.

“The first thing that came into my head was counting sheep.

“I started to name them and went through the alphabet all the way to Z.

“I had made it up on the spot but he loved it.”

The printer said he kept promising to turn the story 
into a book and Rafael was 
more than surprised when he eventually did it.

Mr Goodman hopes that other children aged four to seven will enjoy it too.

“It is such a joy when children come into the shop and they read it aloud – it is fun but also has learning opportunities in it too,” he added.

“This is all really for my 
son, but if other children get pleasure from it then that would be great.

“My son is 13 now, but the look on his face when he saw it was why I did it.”

Zeddy is illustrated by well respected artist Lee Townsend, who is a contributing illustrator for Marvel Comics, Disney, and Dreamworks.

The story centres on a sheep called Zeddy who lives on a farm with 25 other animals.

But one day all the other sheep move to a different paddock and Zeddy gets an unexpected visit from a wolf.

The first five people who 
mention this article when they 
go in the shop will receive a free copy of the book. The book sells for £3.99 from the shop but can 
be posted for an additional £1.10. Call 020 8518 6131 for more information.

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