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Six-year-old publishes first book

Charlotte Jordan
Charlotte Jordan has already completed one book signing

A six-year-old schoolgirl from Merseyside is celebrating the publication of her first book.

Charlotte Jordan, of Bromborough, in Wirral, wrote The Dancing Dinosaur after her school was visited by author Damian Harvey for Book Week last month.

Her mother, Karen, approached a local publisher to have the book printed for a keepsake - but he said he would split the costs of a bigger print run.

The book is now on sale and Mrs Jordan said she was "very proud".

Charlotte, who was aged five when she wrote the book, and her family visited the publisher, Countyvise/Birkenhead Press, on Tuesday to watch her book come off the presses.

It's just absolutely amazing. We're just so very proud of her
Karen Jordan, mother

Aside from colouring her original line drawings, the book is relatively unchanged from her original manuscript.

John Emmerson, of Countyvise publishing, said: "I think it was an excellent job for a five-year-old."

Charlotte has already completed one book signing at her Brookhurst Primary School and told the BBC she wanted to become a "famous author".

Her mother, Karen, said: "It's just absolutely amazing. We're just so very proud of her.

"It being put to a book format and being published is not something we quite envisaged initially.

"Being put into a book format was what I intended and obviously it being published was absolutely just amazing."



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