Media release: Children’s digital book, ‘Tin Circus’, by Glasgow-based team, now free to download


Helping parents who are in lockdown with small children find the joy in an uplifting story

THE team at Glasgow-based Heavy Bucket Books have made their fully interactive digital children’s book, ‘Tin Circus’, free to all parents who are currently in lockdown.

Available from today it can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for those who have iPads.

“These are confusing times for children and parents,”says Stewart Thomson who authored Tin Circus. “New routines need to be quickly established and finding joy in an uplifting story while also being able to spend time identifying hidden clues is a great way to pass some time.”

Stewart went on to say: “Exploring themes of childhood, memory and the powerful connection between old and young, Tin Circus is the first project by Heavy Bucket Books. The plan is to eventually have a digital bookshelf full of beautiful stories that all share the same tone and vision, an in-house style instantly recognisable as a Heavy Bucket Books production. Watch this space!”

With beautiful animation, stunning original music and fun sound effects, the book opens with the inventor who is feeling very sad. His sweet little robot, Sinclair, tries everything he can to make him feel better, but nothing seems to work. Knowing how much the inventor loves the circus, Sinclair has a light-bulb moment and decides to build one just for him!

This timeless story will captivate and delight children of all ages and the clever interactive features – placed on every page – aim to promote problem solving skills and boost concentration levels.

When finished, the reader will receive a score for identifying the number of interactive points they have discovered. Children and adults alike will be delighted to return to track down the features they might have missed. This smart system encourages re-reading and cooperation.

Key features include:

25 stunning illustrations
Original music and sound effects
Charming storytelling
Multiple narration options
Over 70 interactive points of interest
Achievement system


Notes for editors:

About Heavy Bucket Books

Heavy Bucket Books is a creative collaboration between three life-long friends with backgrounds in screenwriting, art and music production.

Stew, Barry and Stewart went to school together in Milngavie, Glasgow, and have enjoyed working over the years on a number of innovative projects. This latest venture blends their skills and original thinking to tell a charming and entertaining story using the latest technology.

Stewart Thomson is an award-winning screenwriter who has been twice nominated by BAFTA Scotland. His work has been broadcast on BBC Three, BBC Two and Channel 4. He is currently working on a commission for BBC Drama.

Stewart authored Tin Circus.

Barry Thomson is an illustrator and animator who has been working within the industry for 20 years. He has worked with a variety of high profile clients including National Geographic, UNHCR, Royal Yacht Britannia, BBC, NHS, Lloyd’s Bank, Police Scotland and Glasgow’s Riverside Museum which won European Museum of the Year in 2013. Barry created the graphics and animation for Tin Circus.

Stewart Cowan worked in the music industry for 15 years as a producer and a mix engineer, both live and in the studio. He has toured the world mixing live bands and worked with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Kenny Rogers and Tom Jones to name a few. Stew is now a developer for Glasgow based technology company, ClassForKids. Stewart coded Tin Circus on top of creating the music and sound effects.

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For all media enquiries:

Stewart Thomson
07762 335 832
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Or search the App Store – ‘Tin Circus’

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Contact: Stewart Thomson
Phone: 07762335832