A CHILDREN'S author is looking forward to getting kids interested in reading after publishing his fifth book.

Braintree-based author Andy Johnson, who is known by his pen name, 'Jonkers' has released his next feelgood book.

It is called 'The Legend of Lommie' and is set in Rowardennan, Scotland on the banks of Loch Lomond.

The book is set a few years after the end of the Second World War and tells the tale of a struggling family.

The family run a bed and breakfast with the story following 10-year-old Jed's and his 'ridiculous' plan to improve their situation.

Author Andy said: "The idea for the book came from a previous visit to Scotland and discovering more about the sightings and history of the story of the Loch Ness Monster."

Jonkers has also been carrying out visits to schools since 2014 when he released his first book 'Jimpy'.

This was followed by 'Terry Scope's Telescope', 'Jimpy 2', a poetry collection called 'Im So Ugly' and now 'The Legend of Lommie'.

Jonkers has recently been visiting local schools delivering assemblies and poetry workshops.

In March he carried out three World Book day visits to White Court School and Great Bradfords Juniors in Braintree, and Holy Trinity in Halstead.

He added: "It's been fantastic to be back in schools after the Covid pandemic and I can't wait to make more visits in the near future!"

Illustrations and artwork have been created by Henryk Jachimczyk (Hen the Pen), a local artist from Witham.

To contact Jonkers or to purchase copies of his books, visit writtenbyjonkers.co.uk