M is for Manx Cat! An Isle of Man ABC (the picture book) was written by Gemma Hjerth (nee Webb) and illustrated by Kim Gee. It was published in April 2019 by Gemma trading as Isle of Man ABC and received financial support from Isle of Man Arts Council and Year of Our Island.
Gemma subsequently created a range of Isle of Man ABC gifts, and in October, Theatrefest 2019 brought us ‘M is for Manx Cat – The Musical’ by Stage Door Entertainment – which is also going to be on tour around the Isle of Man in early 2020!!
The Isle of Man ABC Colouring and Activity Book has also now been published.
The colouring/actitivy book reuses the digital imagery from the popular picture book - with the addition of extra details to colour in and activities to do - and aims to educate, enhance creativity and encourage exploration of our Island. It also received financial support from Isle of Man Arts Council.
For further information and images in relation to this release, please contact Gemma Hjerth at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit @isleofmanabc on social media, or call her on 07624 461246. www.isleofmanabc.com
Gemma Hjerth (nee Webb), of Isle of Man ABC, said:
My Isle of Man ABC books and gift range wouldn’t exist without the financial support I received from Isle of Man Arts Council, the talent of local artist Kim Gee, and the Manx Gaelic from Culture Vannin, so first and foremost I must say thank you to them.
After ‘M is for Manx Cat!’ was received so well in April, I decided to press on and aim to get a colouring and activity book in local bookshops and gift shops in time for Christmas this year.
I love the Isle of Man and I loved the process of publishing my picture book too; and I wanted to empower young children, including my own, to feel a similar sense of pride, joy and personal achievement.
So, I’ve published the ‘Isle of Man ABC Colouring and Activity Book’ to enable children (and bigger kids too!) to create their own personalised keepsake of the Isle of Man. They can even cut out and create their own miniature ABC book too!
I hope locals, visitors and recipients around the world will have fun discovering the treasures of the Isle of Man, getting creative and practising some Manx Gaelic too!
Kim Gee, of Kim Gee Studio, said
It's so exciting to see our Isle of Man ABC take on another life as a colouring and activity book, allowing readers to personalise my illustrations and really make them their own.
I can't wait to see how people of all ages add in their own special touches and connect with this project in a new way.
Isle of Man Arts Council said:
The Isle of Man Arts Council are proud to support the Isle of Man ABC project as it is a wonderful celebration of our contemporary and traditional culture.
We particularly loved the collaboration between local creatives to bring about this new cololuring/activity book and we are thrilled to see how well received Gemma and Kim’s books have been on the Island and further afield.
About the Book
The Isle of Man ABC Colouring and Activity Book is 36 pages in length, 8 x 10 inches in size and printed on thick FSC approved paper with a matt finish.
It includes a small amount of colour on each page making it an attractive and interactive gift for young children, early readers and Isle of Man enthusiasts from near and far away.
· Colour in an A to Z of Isle of Man icons
· Create your own Treasure Map of the Isle of Man
· Complete the Isle of Man ABC Scavenger Hunt
· Write a note to the Little People
· Write a postcard about your trip on the steam train
· Play matching pairs in Manx Gaelic and listen to the pronunciations at www.isleofmanabc.com
· Make your own miniature ABC book
· Play ‘Hunt the Wren'
· Count lots of Three Legs of Man symbols
Individual colouring/activity books (and picture books) retail at £7.99 and are now available to purchase from Island-based bookshops, heritage sites and gift retailers, and online stores, including:
NORTH: Bridge Bookshop, Ramsey Sweet Shop and The Tide (all Ramsey)
EAST: JJ Ribbons (Laxey), Lexicon Bookshop, Manx Museum, Mostly Manx and The Book Company (Douglas) and Riley's Garden Centre (Braddan)
SOUTH: Bridge Bookshop (Port Erin) and Gaslight Gift Shop (Castletown)
WEST: Dovecote Tearooms & Gift Shop (Kirk Michael) and House of Mannanan and Manx Wildlife Trust (Peel)
MIDDLE: Close Leece Farm (Patrick) and The Mill Shop/Tynwald Mills (St John’s)
From the Back Cover:
In this Isle of Man ABC:
learn how creative you can be!
Hunt around our Island, the Isle of Man.
Customise your treasure map – yes you can!
Choose how to colour the Manx cat’s face.
Add patterns to the biker in the TT race!
Record your memories of a smoky train ride.
Write ‘Hello Little People!’ on the note that’s inside.
Practise your letters, play Hunt the Wren,
match the Manx words with their pictures, and then…
Create your own alphabet book, at the end.
Add a rainbow of colours, then read to a friend!
Manx culture, heritage, wildlife too,
a keepsake to treasure – and the artist is YOU!
About the Author and Publisher – Gemma Hjerth (nee Webb)
A Ramsey girl, born on the Isle of Man, Gemma is an experienced marketer and project manager. She published M is for Manx Cat! An Isle of Man ABC, The Isle of Man ABC Colouring and Activity Book and the Isle of Man ABC gift/souvenir range to express and share her love of the Island and all things Manx.
About the Designer and Illustrator – Kim Gee
Born in New York, Kim is a talented graphic designer, illustrator and artist, who has made the Isle of Man her home. She expertly and patiently translated Gemma’s visions and imaginings into the wonderful artwork in M is for Manx Cat! and The Isle of Man ABC Colouring and Activity Book.
Also in the joyful Isle of Man ABC range:
Posters, Stickers, Greetings Cards, Gift Wrap, Pin Badges, Keyrings, Magnets, Coasters, Mugs, Lunch Boxes, Tea Towels, Tote Bags, Collectors Tins and Pencil Cases!
See www.isleofmanabc.com for stockists