Ian Ogilvy, star of Return of The Saint, will publish his first children's book on June 3rd in the UK, and in August in the USA.
Measle and the Wrathmonk is a fantastic adventure story of magic, trains and Manolo Blahniks. Ian Ogilvy, with his first children's novel has created a rich world where nothing is quite what it seems. You'll never look at glazed doughnuts and lemonade in the same way again.
The original idea for Measle and The Wrathmonk came from an incident many years ago, when Ian visited a film director's house in London: "Apart from making very good films, this director was also a serious model train hobbyist. He had built an extraordinary train set in one of his spare rooms. The tracks were laid on shelves that ran around the walls of the room and the scenery was built up almost to the ceiling. The train set bore very close inspection - if you looked really carefully, you might spot along the tracks the tiny figure of an old fashioned, black-skirted, bonneted nursemaid, pushing a Victorian perambulator towards a sharp bend in the path. On the other side of the bend - and out of her view - sat a Bengal tiger (There's a Bengal tiger - or at least a model of one - in Measle and The Wrathmonk). The whole layout was like this and the trains themselves took a secondary place in the scheme of things. There was a boundless imagination - and a distinctly quirky humour - about the set up and it set me thinking about the idea of a live boy being placed somehow in a miniature world of somebody else's imagination."
The second title in the proposed three-volume series, "Measle and the Dragodon," has just been completed and is due out in the fall. Ian is currently hard at work writing the third book, "Measle and the Mallockee."
Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers and Warner Brothers has purchased the rights to the entire three-volume series, and plan to use the same "performance capture" animation that they used in the forthcoming movie, "The Polar Express"
You can order all three of these books today from Amazon UK:
Measle and the Wrathmonk Measle and the Dragodon Measle and the Mallockee