Ex-teacher’s first book reaches top 10 bestseller

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Ex-teacher Simon Chubb has already hit the Amazon bestseller list with his book “Dad, Seriously”.

Simon, a cartoonist from Newcastle-under-Lyme, launched his first book this month, which already landed himself in the top ten on Amazon earlier this week.

The book now stands at number 20 in the raising teenagers category, having already sold out due to popular demand.

“Dad, Seriously” is an exploration into the funny side of parenting, drawing on Simon’s relationship with his teenage children and even his former pupils. Simon Chubb with his first book 'Dad, Seriously'

Simon, 46, taught in schools across Staffordshire for 20 years, including Heron Cross Primary, before giving up his full-time career to pursue his artistic dreams where he set up Scartoons.

“I guess it was a bit like running off to join the circus,” said Simon.

“I used to draw cartoons to liven up lessons all the time and just thought anyone could do that.”

“People would tell me I had a talent and I’ve managed to transform my hobby into a business.”

Just months later he’s ready to show off his first book of cartoons, relating back to his experiences with his three teenage children, two of which have already gone off to university.

“It looks at those awkward, yet funny, moments between parents and their children,” said Simon.

Simon is now invited into schools across the Midlands, inspiring children with his drawings, as well as illustrating websites and social media.

However, he hasn’t given up on teaching completely, occasionally teaching music across the region too.

“Social media has changed the business world and there’s an appetite for something different now,” he said.

“I have done cartoons to illustrate all kinds of topics, from health and safety to sales training.”

The book launched last week in Hanley and is available from local bookshops and online.

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