Gollytots kiddie’s book re-launched after block

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Bambino Media announces the re-launch of ‘Gollytots; Black and white’, a controversial new picture ebook for children, after the original press release was blocked by a major news service distributor. On sale now at £2.99 for Kindle Fire & Apple iPad.

Gollytots pre-school characters re-launched after block

Gollytots pre-school characters re-launched after block

It’s true that the book has a dark beginning, but it also has a bright ending. That’s the journey, that’s the story.

Bambino Media announces the re-launch of ‘Gollytots; Black and white’, a controversial new pre-school picture ebook for children, by author and illustrator D.H. Wallace. The original UK launch of the kid's book came unstuck when a major news service distributor blocked the newswire release at the very last minute.

The story is set in a black and white world where seven Gollytots all live together in a black and white house. After being separated for a while, the Gollytots realise that life is better together. It’s a gentle yet rewarding storyline, which is pro-equality and inclusion.

Writing on his blog, author D.H. Wallace said of the newswire block: “I can’t help but feel that the decision to block the original newswire release seems like a subjective act of news censorship.” He added, “Surely judging a book by its cover is a little bit like judging a person by the way they look?”

Andrea Stevenson, head of publishing at Bambino Media said, “It’s true that the book has a dark beginning, but it also has a bright ending. That’s the journey; that’s the story. It seems that the newswire service provider just couldn’t see the bigger picture and became fixated with the wrong end of the stick.” Adding, “The author has made it repeatedly clear that Gollytots was conceived as a politically correct, anti-discrimination children’s brand from the ground up. To spell it out, Gollytots are an antidote to the traditional golly, not a bed fellow.”

Bambino Media has also launched an online poll designed to gauge public opinion on the production of Gollytots soft toys. Production of the soft toys was halted shortly after the picture book press release was blocked. The online poll is up and running now at http://gollytots.com

‘Gollytots; Black and white’ retails at around £2.99 / €2.99 and can be purchased through Amazon for Kindle Fire, and the Apple iBookstore for Apple iPad.

Quick links

Gollytots website & poll: http://gollytots.com
Gollytots images (for press use): http://gollytots.com/press
Author blog: http://dhwallace.com

‘Gollytots; Black and white’ on Amazon UK (ASIN: B00BKPWGHE):

‘Gollytots; Black and white’ on Apple iBookstore UK (ISBN: 9780957246454):

‘Gollytots; Black and white’ synopsis

“Once upon a time, a long time ago, there were seven baby Gollytots. Although you and I see things in colour, they lived in black and white.”

And so begins an original storyline for pre-school children. What if there was no colour? What if everything was in black and white? Black and white trees, black and white food …even black and white songs.

Of course living in black and white has its disadvantages. Perhaps not for zebras, but definitely for parrots. However, the Gollytots have no idea that colour exists, and so they simply don’t miss it.

One day the Gollytots have to make a choice, which leads to them being separated for a while. That doesn’t cause a major problem, but they miss each other and in the end they realise that life is better when they’re together.

Gollytots; Black and white is a simple and gentle story for young children with stylish illustrations that accompany and enhance the storyline, without detracting from the one-on-one read along experience that parents cherish.

About the author

D.H. Wallace is a writer, illustrator and an award-winning creative director with an advertising & design agency background. Most of his earlier career was spent in animation and television working with broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and UK Gold. D.H. has worked on children’s programmes such as ‘Fully Booked’ (BBC), ‘Red Amber Green’ and ‘Now you see it’ (STV) as well as participating in the CBeebies Writer's Lab. He now focusses on writing and illustrating for children. D.H. lives in Stirling, UK. His other books include the ‘Splash the lifeboat’ series launched in 2012.

About the publisher

Bambino Media: Gollytots; Black and white is brought to you by Bambino Media, a young, fresh and small independent publisher based in the UK.

Images & press sheet

Six images cleared for press use: download here > http://gollytots.com/press

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