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Danny’s Dream | proving that dreams can come true

October 25, 2019

This is a gifted partnership

Dreams can come true, although sometimes in the most unexpected ways.

Danny’s Dream was created through a collaboration between illustrator Ian Parker, a mouth painter with the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) and author Victor Margiotta. Initially sparked when Victor watched the inspirational Paralympians competing at the Olympic Games. Having worked for many years and seeing first hand the inspiring art they produce it occurred to him that if these two elements could be brought together, it could form the basis of a truly unique children’s book.

Danny’s Dream

Danny’s Dream (aimed at children ages 3-8) is a heartwarming tale with 35 beautiful illustrations, about overcoming adversity and never giving up. When Danny, the fastest runner at his school, suffers a terrible accident, he thinks his dream of winning an Olympic Gold Medal is over. Then one day he discovers something magical at the end of his Grandma’s garden that will change his life forever.

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Danny’s Dream illustrations by Ian Parker

This is a story that will make children (and even parents) think about how they can overcome obstacles and hurdles in their lives to achieve their goals. As the opening sentence says: Dreams can come true, although sometimes in the most unexpected ways. Taking you on a journey through the life of Danny, how setbacks hindered his dreams, however, he found a new way to achieve those dreams.

Featuring 35 beautiful illustrations from the MFPA artist Ian Parker, each one offers a visual insight into the story. As well as providing an additional discussion point for children and parents.

Where can you buy Danny’s Dream

Danny’s dream is available to buy in hardback edition from MFPA.

Foot-drawing and colouring workshop at Kidzania London

As part of the launch for Danny’s Dream, we were invited along to KidZania London to take part in one of the special foot-drawing and colouring workshops that were happening throughout the day.

Set up within KidZania’s theatre, children were invited to a special reading of Danny’s Dream by the author Victor Margiotta. Which is always a little extra special to hear a story told by the person who thought of the words written in the book. They always have that magical connection to the characters and you can hear this is their voices as they share it.

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Victor Margiotta author of Danny’s Dream

After hearing a small snippet of the story Danny’s Dream we were introduced to one of the MFPA artists, Tom Yendell. Who talked to the children about how he overcame not being born with any arms to learning how to adapt and utilise his feet and his mouth for everyday tasks. The children were amazed to hear that he can brush his teeth using his feet!

The children were then invited up onto the stage area to see how well they fare using their feet for drawing and colouring. With socks and shoes removed, guidance given it was time for the children to see whether this was something that came easily to them or something that would require quite a bit more practice – needless to say, they need to practice (a lot!).

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Roo assisting Tigger and Piglet in the foot-drawing workshop
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Danny’s Dream Foot-Drawing Workshop with Tom Yendell

After the workshop, Roo, Tigger and Piglet were fortunate to meet with Victor Margiotta and Tom Yendell. which alongside the workshop has created a few more lasting memories for the children – and hoping inspired them to keep working for their dreams even if they receive setbacks along the way.

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Meeting Victor Margiotta and Time Yendell

About the Writer:
Victor Margiotta spent a long and successful career in publicity, working as a Director with some of the world’s biggest advertising agencies. Following his departure from the advertising industry, Victor became involved with the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) where for many years his public relations and marketing expertise has helped to raise awareness of the organisation and given valuable support to the artists.

About the MFPA:
Formed in 1957, the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists partnership is part of an international self-help association of artists (AMFPA) who paint without the use of their hands. There are currently 33 British artists and almost 800 artists from over 80 countries worldwide.

Win a signed copy of danny’s dream

To enable you to discover the story of Danny and his dream, as well as the stunning illustrations included in the book. We are lucky enough to have a signed copy of Danny’s Dream to giveaway.

Prize: A signed copy of Danny’s Dream

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A signed copy of Danny’s Dream
  • Iain maciver October 25, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    an amazing book would love to win

  • Solange October 25, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Sounds like a lovely book.

  • Peter Watson October 25, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    This would help my granddaughter gain a better understanding of disablity.

  • Susie Wilkinson October 25, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    It looks as though it was an amazing day!

  • Julia Kerr October 25, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Wow, so inspiring and such beautiful illustrations

  • Sean Eccles October 25, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Looks like a great book for my three bookworms

  • Ursula Hunt October 26, 2019 at 11:04 am

    This sounds like a great story that my granddaughter would love

  • Natalie Burgess October 26, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    This looks like an amazing book xx

  • Margaret Gallagher October 26, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    What a beauty – will be well used here

  • andrea tinkler October 26, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    very inspirational book and lovely illustrations

  • Allan Fullarton October 27, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Looks like a very good book.

  • Laura Pritchard October 27, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    My daughter would like this!

  • Fiona jk42 October 27, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    I remember seeing a documentary about an Australian man who was a Thalidomide baby born with no arms. In one scene they showed him driving a car using his feet, which was pretty amazing. In another scene, he was being interviewed and during the interview, without stopping talking, he got a pack of rolling tobacco out of his pocket, pulled a single cigarette paper out of a packet, sprinkled some tobacco and rolled a perfectly formed cigarette, all with his feet! The main thing that shone through was his positivity and “can do” attitude. Very inspirational.

  • S. Otoole October 28, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    My granddaughter will love this.

  • Ruth Harwood October 29, 2019 at 7:50 am

    What a fabulous treat, we would love this! Books are so important in this digital age, just to escape the screens for a little while and leave behind the stress of life for a short while absorbed in someone else’s imagination! xx

  • Carrie-Anne Brown October 30, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Sounds like such a beautiful book

  • Jessica Powell October 30, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    The workshop sounds fab and such a great way of showcasing what can be done.

  • Kim Neville November 2, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    My son saw this and really wanted it as looked interesting and also his name 🙂

  • Jodie Green November 4, 2019 at 8:52 am

    this would be lovely for my youngest 5

  • Rachel Craig November 7, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Art appreciation. Self Awareness. Self Esteem. Self Worth. ” Count your Blessings, name them one by one…”. ” Where there is a Will (Willpower, determination, etc) there is a Way”. Positivity Matters.

  • Rich Tyler November 8, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Count Me IN

  • Christine Lockley November 8, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Sounds like a great experience for you all, thanks for the chance to win a copy of this gorgeous book

  • Emma England November 9, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Lovely Illustrations, it sounds like a great book.

  • Rachael Sexey November 10, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    This sounds like an incredible book

  • MANDY DOHERTY November 14, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    What a wonderful book and the illustrations are beautiful

  • Emma Perry November 15, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    This book looks great! What a great achievement!

  • Amy Bondoc November 16, 2019 at 4:19 am

    sounds like a terrific book!

  • michelle o'neill November 16, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    this looks great x

  • Sheri Darby November 16, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    This looks a wonderful book

  • Troy Easton November 16, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Fun give away.

  • Catherine Gregory November 16, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Sounds such a beautiful read

  • andrea tinkler November 16, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Such a heart warming story. Would love to win to read with my grand children

  • paula cheadle November 17, 2019 at 7:06 am

    My daughter would love this book, has she is disabled herself

  • Geri Gregg November 17, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Sounds like a lovely read for my son

  • Susan B November 17, 2019 at 10:33 am

    What an inspirational and lovely book. Thank you for the giveaway.

  • Twirlywhirly November 17, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Sounds a great read I would love this for the grandchildren, they adore new books

  • Alison November 17, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    My little ones love books and I know they would enjoy this one. It looks very special.

  • Cathryn Crawshaw November 17, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    my little one loves books – perfect for her

  • Priscilla Stubbs November 17, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    I would love this for Arlo

  • A.E. ADKINS November 17, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    This looks like a very interesting read for the kids.

  • laura stewart November 17, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    yes please looks fab xx

  • Diana November 17, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    How lovely

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