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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 looks after and updates Louder’s online buyer’s guides and also scouts out the best deals for music fans from every corner of the internet. He's spent more than 28 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. Scott joined our news desk in the summer of 2014, where he wrote extensively about rock, metal, prog and more, before moving to the eCommerce team full-time in 2020. Scott has previous written for publications including IGN, Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky.