The history of rock and metal celebrated in new children’s book

Choosing the perfect gift for children at Christmas time is never easy.

There’s a dizzying selection of toys, games and gadgets to consider… but how about something a little different for the heavy metal-loving youngster?

Well, Don’t Fear The Dark by author Lav Nandlall, could be just what you’re looking for.

The book asks the question: “What if Dr. Seuss and Ozzy Osbourne spent a crazy night out on the town?”

The answer, says Nandlall, is this first of 11 planned volumes which explores rock and metal from the 60s to the present day.

A statement reads: “The eleven books aim to educate young headbangers about a music scene that is often overlooked in society as well as inform the ‘littles’ that there’s nothing to fear about metal music. 

“The book appeals to tiny tots and metal music lovers who love a good slash of alternative history.

“There aren’t many commercial books on the topic of metal music nor are there any books for younger audiences, so this is a first of its kind. It opens discussions about musical inspiration, artistic careers, style statements, adventure, and the macabre. 

“People who are curious and intrigued by a world of music will find that there’s something in there for them.”

Nandlall has teamed up with South African artist Kaylee McHugh for the project, while the layout was devised by designer Jeanine Breuer.

Those interested are asked to contact Lav Nandlall directly.

Scott Munro
Louder e-commerce editor

Scott has spent 35 years in newspapers, magazines and online as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. Scott joined our news desk in the summer of 2014 before moving to the e-commerce team in 2020. Scott keeps Louder’s buyer’s guides up to date, writes about the best deals for music fans, keeps on top of the latest tech releases and reviews headphones, speakers, earplugs and more. Over the last 10 years, Scott has written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog. He's previously written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald newspapers, covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to tech reviews, video games, travel and whisky. Scott's favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Cocteau Twins, Drab Majesty, Marillion and Rush.