A night sky and the birth of a children’s story – a magical space adventure to light up your child’s heart and dreams!

The inspiration for my children’s picture book Pep, Polish & Paint came one starry night as I was walking home from work. I looked up at the stars in the night sky and imagined what would happen if one of those stars just went out. Who or what would be around in space to help a star that had lost its shine? Spaceships, of course! And how could spaceships help a sun to regain its shine? By giving it a pep-me-up drink or by polishing it or painting it, I thought. And so the story and the title were born. That was more than 15 years ago. Since then, I have time and again thought of the main character in my book (Sammy the sun) and have drawn inspiration from him and his decision to take action in order to transform the story from a collection of handwritten lines into a fully illustrated, published book and make my goal a reality.

Children may think, perhaps, that there is little they can do in a world of adults. But that is far from the case. There are numerous stories about children making a difference because they made a decision and took some action – which is what we all need to do if we wish to take responsibility for our lives. My hope is that those who read this story, whether young or old, will be inspired to take some action to realise a goal that is close to their hearts. And perhaps – when they in future look up at the night sky – they’ll think of Sammy the sun and how making a decision and taking action changed the course of his life and perhaps their lives as well.

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PEP, POLISH AND PAINT: ‘masterfully written, beautifully illustrated, a charming fantasy all children will love…’

"Our children thoroughly enjoyed 'Pep, Polish and Paint' and continue to do so. The story is masterfully written and beautifully illustrated. It has purpose, and this is mindfully woven into the theme. We look forward to Helena's next children's story!"
~Roark, Amazon Reader

"Pep, Polish and Paint is a delightfully clever story with an important message for children on how some things come from within us! Helena Harper uses her skill as a teacher to develop this charming fantasy all children will love. Malachy McKinney's illustrations are engaging and imaginative."
~Author and Illustrator J.D. Holiday, Amazon Reviewer

"Children will love the well thought out storyline portrayed by Helena, and will be fully engaged by Malachy McKinney's illustrations, which are bright, bold and full of character!
Adults will also find the story amusing as this is exactly what we try to make ourselves feel better - RedBull/Coffee, a shower/make-over or a new set of clothes - but do they really make you feel better, or is it in fact something else that really makes you truly happy about yourself?!
Read the book with your kids and find out!"
~Bill Andrews, Bill @theeducast, Amazon Reader

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