An East Renfrewshire author’s book about ‘Nessie’ is on course to be a monster success.

Breea Keenan has teamed up with illustrator David Nichol to bring the story of the Loch Ness Monster back to life, with a modern twist.

The tale is based around a class trip to Loch Ness and is aimed at children aged three to seven, highlighting themes around inclusion and friendship.

There is also a dedicated ‘Time to Talk’ section for parents to read with their children.

‘Nessie’s Selfie’ is already topping the charts and has been named an Etsy bestseller, just one week after its online debut.

Author Breea, 35, from Busby, who has three young children with her husband Chris, said: “We’re thrilled that people are enjoying ‘Nessie’s Selfie’ and the reaction we’ve had since releasing the book has been amazing.

“I wanted to write a book to stimulate discussion and help younger children deal with the big feelings they can have.

“One of the key themes of the book is that, no matter what we look like, we are all the same and everyone can feel shy or nervous at times but it can help to share your feelings and talk to someone about it. I think it’s a really important message for kids today.”

A chance conversation with a work colleague led Breea to find the illustrator she’d been looking for.

David, 37, from Glasgow, explained: “Breea wanted to find an illustrator and, having studied animation at university, I was keen to find a book project that I could concentrate on.

“As soon as I read the story, I wanted to get sketching.”

The book’s official launch took place at St Joseph’s Primary, in Busby.

Nessie’s Selfie has a special introductory price of £6.99 and is available at