Traffic cones inspire Leeds grandma’s books

Author Chris Madeley, with her children's saftey book called Meet The Cones, during the launch at HA Fox Jaguar, Barrack Road, Leeds.

Author Chris Madeley, with her children's saftey book called Meet The Cones, during the launch at HA Fox Jaguar, Barrack Road, Leeds.

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Traffic cones on the road are usually a blight to motorists but for one Leeds grandma, they were the inspiration behind a series of children’s books.

Chris Madeley, of Adel, was stuck in traffic en route to a weekend away when she said she began to wonder what the cones would say to her if they could speak.

Those thoughts developed into what has become a series of children’s books tackling topics such as road safety, anti-bullying and respect for the police.

Just published, the first has already been translated into Japanese, and they are now set for general release.

Chris said: “I imagined what the cones would say and do if they could speak and were people and turned them into characters with very real messages that children need to acquire as life skills. Road safety, respect for authority, good manners and anti bullying, which sadly many may face in their lives.

“I have given all the books different themes such as bullying and how unpleasant that is for the victim, good manners and why they are so important and respect. Already they have a following and I am optimistic that because the themes are universal they will have be translated into more languages.”

Chris’ book series has the backing of Garry Clayton, business manager at Leeds, HA Fox Jaguar garage, who buys 12 books each time she speaks at a Leeds school and hosted the launch this week. The books have also been illustrated by recently-qualified Bradford University artist Zara Hussain.

Chris said: “I go into schools reading and the children love the pictures and really show a keen interest in the subjects thanks to her illustrations.”

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