Ted Needs Some Space

Posted on November 26th, 2012

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I have been lucky enough to be able to review the most delightful new children’s story book “Ted Needs Some Space” from the amazing illustrator Tim Stead. If you haven’t heard of his work before then do take a ganter over his web site. Tim is a family man living in Cumbria with is wife and 2 year old son. He has created 4 children’s books, they are highly illustrative and light hearted and perfect for preschool and infant school aged children. The 1st of his books is now in print at his on line shop together with posters from the book. My copy is available for our holiday guests to borrow in our Coombe Mill reception library.  


Ted Needs Some Space

Tim also has very reasonable prices for a variety of commission work, he is doing some work for Coombe Mill and I am delighted with the results, a real talent just being discovered. Here is just a sneak preview of what he has created for me, anyone who knows the farm or is familiar with our web site will see just how well Tim has captured Coombe Mill.

Coombemill Illustration by Tim Stead


About Ted Needs Some Space

This is a beautiful story of a Ted who is struggling for space amongst all the toys in a child’s bed, he so wants some space, and so creates just that taking off into outer space. His wonderful adventure is marred by not having his friends to share in his excitement and so he returns happy to share his adventures and his bed with them again. I could relate to the story, as a couple of my children have struggled for bed space over the years amidst the pile of Teddies, and even now whilst no longer on the bed they still compete for space on the chair or shelf! 

Children's BedroomChildren's Bedroom

The book is currently on offer at £4.99, or £5.99 signed, including post and packing in the UK from Tim’s online shop. You really can’t go wrong for a stocking filler or a friend’s birthday present. What’s more, for every book purchased Tim is donating £1 to Chin Up a local charity in Cumbria providing respite care and breaks for families with a terminally ill child. 

Clio my 8 year old book worm gave her Teddies the chance to hear the story: 

You can read Tim’s other books yourself on line at his web site.  

Win a Book and Poster Here:

I have a signed copy of Ted needs Some Space worth £5.99 AND an accompanying signed A3 poster worth £15 to give away here on the blog. They would make a perfect Christmas present for a special little person so do have a go. All you have to do is leave a comment below saying why you’d like to enter, remember to also leave a way for me to contact you.

To increase your chance of winning:

‘Like’ Timsteadillustration and Coombemill on Facebook and leave ONE separate comment here to say you have done so with your facebook name.

For an additional entry, follow  and Coombemill on Twitter and leave ONE extra comment here with your twitter name.

For one final entry, please tweet the following sentence and leave another comment to say you have done so:

I’ve entered to win the delightful children’s book & poster from @steady333 & @coombemill http://bit.ly/XUBJgp Why don’t you? Pls RT

The competition is open to UK residents and will close on Monday 10th December at midnight with the winner announced the following morning. Good luck to all taking part.


Disclosure: I was given my copy of Ted Needs Space to review for this competition and keep for our holiday visitors to use.  However, the views and opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

This Competition is now closed. The Winner is Pink Oddy as selected by RandomOrg.com  

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