As well as a children's author and more, Dan is the proud father to a bold, exciting, adventurous wheelchair user – a daughter who has always pushed the boundaries, and, by 14 was hailed a “comic book hero” in the National Diversity Awards. He's been frustrated again and again by the lack of positive wheelchair-using role models in books, TV and films. And he isn't the only one.
That's why Dan wrote our 3-book cluster, Brook's Boredom Busters. Brook, the star of the cluster of books, is a confident girl who uses a wheelchair and wouldn’t change her circumstances. She is the kind of character that he wishes his own daughter had been exposed to as a child; her able-bodied friends and classmates too. In her debut, Look, Brook!, Brook travels to the moon, tapping into the childhood dream of being in space that so many of us share.
In book two, Brook and the History Book, Brook goes on an escapade in a time machine, meeting different people who have used wheelchairs through the ages. In book three, Brook Meets Farook, Brook meets kids who are new to having a wheelchair, helping them see the transition needn’t be scary.
Throughout the series, Brook is proud of her disability and empowered. Dan's hope is that she will be a role model for the young readers who meet her, whatever their own abilities or background.
Dan also wrote us: