“Down a long street in the big city there stands a very tall building. On the top floor, in a special office, works a Very Important Person. He sits behind a huge desk with piles of paper on either side of him…” So begins ‘Meet the Cones’, the first story in the ‘Cones’ series; a magical, wonderful world within which the reader will never look at a Cone in quite the same way again. Fabulously creative stories, beautifully illustrated. Children love it and adults love the telling of it.
We have to have a good guy, so meet Police Car. There HAS to be a baddie, so on stage comes Cone Collector (Cones don’t like to be stacked!). There has to be a guardian, so we have Wise Owl, and there has to be helpful mischief so in comes New Moon. The Cones have Cone names and there is a Cone language. We meet the first two of the four friends in Meet The Cones and quickly the other two join them. From this point they learn road safety, why Cones are needed and are a force for good, they learn to have adventures without malice, manners, respect but above all, how to behave like good Cones and keep children safe. Road safety, safety around water, electricity, wet floors, road-building and building sites etc. are the order of the day for Cones.
They live by strict rules, the most important of which is : when a human eye looks at a Cone, they are just Cones: no eyes, no hands, no faces, no voices – just Cones. It is only when the human eye looks away that adventures can happen . . . and they do!
Many companies and organisations have been wonderfully supportive
during the creation of The Cones series of books including:
Chris Madeley interview on Made In Leeds TV…
What they say…
Great news! My Daughter loves Meet The Cones!!
Claire Dibb – Director at Orchard Growth partners
This book is truly delightful. I am a 47 year old woman and never expected to be so gripped by a children’s book and yet this enchanting story just transported me back to the times when I read to my young children and also to my own childhood. I was covered in tingles throughout (I think some of that magic moon dust must have landed on me!!)and every page just made me smile. Chris’s warm ‘voice’ just draws you into the story and characters. I can see children everywhere falling in love with the lovely Cones and I am sure there will be much anticipation for the follow up. This is a superb book for children to develop their reading skills and for parents to read to younger children. If this book had been around when my kids were young it would have come off the shelf time and time again to be read. I’m conescious that I may now be rambling but please conesider me a part of the Cones Fan Club. Conegratulations Chris. Can’t wait to read the next one!
Vivienne Duke, Author
Fantastic book! My son loves it. Can’t wait for the next one to come out!