Chris Dartnell, manager of Squireâ€™s Garden Centre in Washington, West Sussex, has written a childrenâ€™s book calledÂ â€˜Most animals like toâ€¦â€™, with illustrations by Helz Cuppleditch who also works at Squireâ€™s.
The book is aimed at children aged from three to five and is about animals who have fun yet unusual habits which are reflected in their names, so thereâ€™s Cheddar the mouse, Howler the dog, Chippy the seagull and Suds the cat, to name but a few.
Chris, who has been manager of Squireâ€™s Garden Centre in Washington for nine years, said: â€œI was inspired to write this book when I saw my cat drinking from the sink tap one day, and I thought it would be fun to write about the unusual habits that animals have. Some of my inspiration also came from the Pets & Aquatics department at Squireâ€™s in Washington, as we have a great selection of furry animals as well as reptiles and fish. Itâ€™s very exciting to see my book for sale at Squireâ€™s! Massive thanks go to my colleague Helz Cuppleditch who did all the beautiful illustrations in the book, which really brings it to life.â€