Anna and Peter Mandell have established their own publishing company, Bamse Features Ltd, so they retain more control over the children’s book, Bamse Came Too.
They have an enormous Bamse character costume to help with the book’s promotion.
Anna hasn’t made that herself, but drew on the contacts she made during years of designing and making fancy dress outfits at Moulton Chapel.
They are also offsetting the ecological impact of the book by planting a 17-acre broadleaf forest, Bamse’s Wood, in Nether Wasdale in Cumbria.
The real dog was known as Sea Dog Bamse but Anna has changed that to Sea Scamp Bamse for her children’s picture book.
She says: “If this takes off I will do another book and turn it into The Adventures of Sea Scamp Bamse. I have ideas for the second book already.”
As the real Bamse was adopted by the Norwegian Navy as its mascot, there’s a good chance Anna’s children’s book will go down well in that country too.
Bamse Came Too is available from Bookmark in Spalding and other good bookshops. ISBN 978-0-9930783-0-9