Stories out of the box is a charming series of children’s books which celebrate loveable animals which are, well, a bit different! Popping out of the box with their larger-than-life personalities, these furry little creatures have one thing in common: they battle through against challenges and adversity, celebrating their diversity!


Maya the Mouse

Maya the Mouse was inspired by my daughter, Maya, and Sophia the Starfish by my daughter, Sophia! I always enjoyed writing, and wanted the opportunity to give her something she could keep, that I had created for her. I think that perhaps the best ideas, and inspriations, come from something that is closest to you and to your heart – and this is the case wtih Maya! I should note that I wrote Maya quickly, as a bedtime story, and only when I by chance met Dan Ungureanu, the amazing children’s illustrator, did the project start to come to life as a book – but this wasn’t the initial aim.

The beginning of Stories out of the Box

Stories out of the box continues to go from strength to strength! Whilst you may have heard of Maya the Mouse and Sophia the Starfish, you’ll be hearing more from their equally loveable cousins in due course, including Isabella the Iguana and Megan the Monkey! All of them share the common challenge of battling through in the face of adversity, and proving once and for all that difference and diversity is strength!

Stories out
of the BOX

Maya has lots of friends, as you’d expect from such an adventurous and mischievous – yet loveable! – little creature. Here are just a few of them; you’ll be hearing more from them in due course…..

Sophia the Starfish

Isabella the Iguana

Megan the Monkey

Caitie the Crab

Annabelle the Anteater

Isla the Ibis