St Boswells business adds extra spark-le to festive offerings

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The Mainstreet Trading Company are reknowened for their wonderful window displays, but this year the company has added some extra Christmas cheer with the help of a local illustrator.

Helen Stephens spent two days transforming the bookshop’s five big windows into Mimi and the Mountain Dragon – her new book with author Michael Morpurgo.

Mainstreet owner Rosamund de la Hey told The Southern: “We’ve been working with Egmont Publishing to use Mimi as our Christmas ‘hero’ book – they have produced gorgeous bunting which is now all over the shop and we used the artwork as the focus of our Christmas marketing material.”

Having recreated her illustrations on the shop windows, Helen also did a book signing at the business’s shopping night last Thursday. Helen has 
written and illustrated a number of books for babies, toddlers and older children herself, her latest being How to Hide a Lion, which was nominated for The Kate Greenaway Medal and The Redhouse Book Awards.

She has also illustrated for other authors, including Michael Morpurgo, Roger McGough, Sophie Hannah and Holly Web.

Mimi and the Mountain Dragon is a magical, heartwarming Christmas tale that centres on a little girl called Mimi who finds a baby dragon in the woodshed and makes a brave decision that will bring joy and peace to the village for ever ...