Celebrity endorsements for edition two of Strong and Mighty Max

Sporting celebrities Ellie Simmonds and Jahmani Swanson have both agreed to endorse edition two of Strong and Mighty Max.

Ellie is a British Paralympian Swimmer who was born with achondroplasia like Max. She has become famous around the world for her Paralympic success, competing in S6 swimming events. She made her debut on the world stage at the age of 13, when she competed for Great Britain in the 2008 summer Paralympics in Beijing, winning two Gold medals. Her success continued in 2012 at the London Paralympics when she won another two Golds, including setting a World Record in the 400m freestyle. The most recent Paralympics held in Rio in 2016 Ellie went on to win another Gold, this time setting a world record for the 200m medley.

Ellie continues to be a great role model for young people, and plays a vital role as patron of the Dwarf Sports Association (DSA) where she spurs young people on to achieve their dreams in competitive sport.

Jahmani Swanson, otherwise known as Mani Love, became famous for his skills and talent on the basketball court. In 2017 he signed with the Harlem Globetrotters. Born with dwarfism, like Max, he is 4-foot-5 inches tall and is arguably the shortest professional basketball player in the world.

Both Ellie and Jahmani feature as positive role models in the learning activities at the back of the book, and you can learn more about their success by watching the videos which feature in the learn section of this site.

Edition Two of Strong and Mighty Max will be available later this year from online retailers: Waterstones.com and Amazon.com. The book will also be available as an e-book which can be downloaded from amazon. To register your interest in the second edition of this children’s story, click here.

 

BBC4 Documentary to feature Strong and Mighty Max

Strong and Mighty Max will feature as part of  a BBC4 documentary exploring the history of people with dwarfism through the arts. The working title of the production is:

‘Dwarfs: A Short Film About Art’

In this visually evocative film, Richard Butchins will explore a hidden chapter in the history of art, revealing how the depiction of people with dwarfism in painting, sculpture and photography speaks volumes about society’s shifting attitudes towards disability.

 Strong and Mighty Max Book Cover

This short film focuses on art, but it will say much about the social history of people with disability and how they were viewed, and it will bring important new voices into the debate, featuring the untold historical memoirs of court dwarfs, the rarely heard voices of artists with dwarfism and the fresh perspectives of academics today. Source: What Larks TV

The Broadcast date is TBC.

Strong and Mighty Max Book Launch

 

Strong and Mighty Max was launched at the Diamond Jubilee Centre, Rugby, November 2015.

The hall was packed with children from local primary schools across Rugby and their parents who listened to a reading of the story by Rugby MP, Mark Pawsey. Members of the Restricted Growth Association Charity also supported the event. Families were thrilled to have a positive children’s story to help educate friends and family about dwarfism.

 

Kristina Gray signed copies of the book. The local newspaper article which promoted the event is here