THERE’S not a bite in sight in a children’s story book about a vampire, written by a Wirral teacher.
Primary school teacher Michael Ryan is celebrating the publication of his first children’s picture book.
Edward The Vampire is the story of a friendly ghoul who sleeps all day, and has adventures at night along the seaside in New Brighton.
It is aimed at children up to the age of seven.
Michael, from Higher Bebington, said: “I wanted to be a cartoonist when I was a little boy, and years later I started drawing again.
“This urged me to write and illustrate a children’s book.
“After several attempts I came up with Edward, which is based on a character I had first drawn when as child living in New Ferry.
“The character is a vampire who sleeps all day and has adventures at night at the seaside. He loves pancakes and moon bathing.
“He is a friendly vampire and not scary at all. It’s a picture book and very tame about Edward’s adventures on the beach. I have been influenced by The Nightmare Before Christmas, Meg and Mog, Funny Bones, and The Cat In The Hat.”
Michael, a teacher at Townfield Primary School in Prenton, was helped with the illustrations by his sons, James, four, and River, two.
He added: “My two sons help me with the illustrations and painted artwork in the book. They have also helped shape the characters.
“We painted the background and landscapes, then I scan everything into my computer and stitch all the illustrations and artwork together to create one finished piece.
“Once the artwork for a page is complete, I begin to work on the text, often weaving it around whatever is going on in the illustrations.
“The pictures tell the story as much as the words, so the book is suitable for children below reading age.
“I have also just finished the sequel to it, called Edward And Luna.”
The character has a website to support the book at www.edwardthevampire.co.uk
Edward The Vampire can be bought from Linghams in Heswall, Oxton Village Books and the Literally bookshop in New Brighton.