Dad’s first book is an ode to his son

David Bennett and son Oliver, eight with the book The Giant Normous.
David Bennett and son Oliver, eight with the book The Giant Normous.

A former marine turned children’s author from Codnor has just released his first picture book after being inspire by his young son.

David Bennett, 39, of Jessop Street, currently works for a private security firm protecting commercial ships from pirates.

But with the release of the ‘Giant ‘Normous’ - a picture book about a friendly monster that lives under a boy’s bed, he has shown he certainly has a softer side.

The work was inspired by his second son Oliver who when aged three, was trying to describe something very big and missed out the ‘e’ of enormous.

David said: “When they are three or four they sometimes say really funny things - and this one just stuck in my mind as being unique. I thought there could be some mileage in this being a book.”

He added: “It’s almost like a love letter to my children - it’s something nice I can leave for them.”

The story centres around a young boy who hates going to bed and tries to enlist the help of the ‘Normous monster under his bed to force his dad to let him stay up.

Dad-of-three David first had the idea to write the book, aimed at two to five-year-olds in 2007, alongside lifelong pal James Jewitt, an oil painter now living in Calgary, Canada who completed the artwork on canvas.

The project went quiet until November of last year, due to David’s work commitments, which regularly see him called away to foreign shores at short notice.

He said: “The two things together have been tough - but it has kept me busy at home.

“The trouble is my mum now says I need to do two more books for my other two children!”

The Giant Normous can be bought from Scarthin Books in Cromford and at The Book Shop in Belper. You can also grab a copy online at