The Villes Stories

Imagine going to a far away land that is plagued with a rather unusual problem?

Well, that’s where Herman, the rather eccentric central character of The Villes book series finds himself.
Each day he takes himself to the bus stop ready for an adventure, and each day the big red, magical bus arrives to take him to one of The Villes. Here he finds the residents in quite a troubling situation…


In Tiredsville, all the locals are always tired but why?

In Fullsville, they are always full up, but what is causing this?

In Hotsville,  the temperature is tropical all day long, but why is this?

With help from a variety of side kicks and larger than life characters, Herman manages to solve the mystery as to WHY things aren’t as they should be. Will you work it out before Herman does…?

Written by Martin Roberts

‘The Villes’ are delightful books aimed at 6-10 years olds, written by TV personality and author, Martin Roberts.

Best known for his 15 years at the helm of ‘Homes Under the Hammer’ and entering the Australian jungle in 2016 as part of ITV’s ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here!’, Martin is also an property author and this children’s book series is enjoyed by children beginning to read independently and their parents alike.

Each story follows the central character ‘Herman’ on a magical red double-decker bus to a different ‘Ville’, a fairytale place where something is afoot. In Tiredsville for example, everyone is always tired, in Coldsville its always freezing cold and in Boredsville, the residents are always bored. The hero of the stories, Herman, uses his problem solving skills to get the cause of what is going wrong and sets about putting it right.

The Villes books promote problem solving skills in children and Martin hopes that by following Herman’s lead and taking a ‘helicopter’ view, children and young people will be able to find a way of solving issues that concern them in their own world.

The Sadsville Campaign

As part of The Villes series, Martin has written a book, SADSVILLE especially to help promote the work of the NSPCC and Childline. In the same vein as the other Villes books, in SADSVILLE, everyone is perpetually sad and seem to have accepted this reality. That is until, Herman comes along and discovers the reason why. With the help of others, he quickly gets the the route cause and puts a stop to it. As with the other titles in The Villes series, the reason for everyone being sad is a whimsical one, but the story illustrates in a light hearted way that sometimes by taking a different perspective on things, and with other people’s help, even the most challenging problems can be sorted out.

Now with the help of national sponsors, Martin and the team at the Martin Roberts Foundation aim to raise enough money through sponsorship to give a FREE copy of Sadsville to every Year 4 child in the UK.

Proud to be supporting:

The Martin Roberts Foundation
Registered Charity: 1172905

The Martin Roberts Foundation is a vehicle to raise money through donations and sponsorship to support carefully selected educational and well-being initiatives for children and young people. As a Father himself and a long time supporter and campaigner for the NSPCC , Martin set up the charity to help address the need for ongoing awareness of charities like Childline amongst children and young people. In a world where childhood mental health issues are making the headlines regularly, Martin and The Foundation want to show children that there CAN BE A BETTER WAY and that help is out there, no matter how big or small the problem is.

Its first initiative is to raise enough money for a FREE copy of Sadsville to be given to every Year 4 (age 8/9) in the UK.

“Sadsville is charming and imaginative. A firm favourite in the Vine household for months- a record!”

- Jeremy Vine, Broadcaster (and Dad!)

“I think that Sadsville is an excellent book. What impressed me so much was the quality of the story and the characterisation. It really draws you in and you want to know what happens in the end. I like the fact that the support is offered in a way that does not inhibit the enjoyment of the story but at the same time it allows children to access the appropriate support that they may need. A very genuine piece of writing.”

- Sarah Salmon, Head Knowle West Children's Centre

Would you like to be a Herman’s Hero?

If you’re interested in supporting the project to enable us to provide a FREE copy of Sadsville to EVERY year 4 (8/9 year old) child in the UK, click on the link below. In return, not only will you help this worthwhile project, you will enjoy a package of sponsorship benefits both in the books and on line. So click the link below, send us a few details and we will be in touch.

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