Who can save them and put things back in order? The hero of the book series – Herman!

Each morning he catches a red double-decker bus to a different destination – one of the Villes. But when he gets there, something is afoot. In Tiredsvile for instance, the inhabitants are always tired, in Coldsville, its always cold, in Lostville, people are always getting lost. Herman, uses his problem solving skills to get to 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.

Would you like to help Herman solve his mysteries on his journeys to… The Villes?

In Hairyville everyone needs a hair cut.

The residents of Hairyville are in need of a hair cut. Twice a day in fact! Poor Sid, the Hairiest person in Hairyville makes an old english sheepdog look bald by comparison. But why is everyone in Hairyville so hairy? Can he convince Guiseppe, the owner of the local hair salon to help him? Climb aboard the magical bus for this hairy story.


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In Boredsville everyone is so bored.

Derek and the Tiddlywinks are Boredsville’s most famous rock band, but they’re so bored they can’t be bothered to play anymore. Why is everyone in Boredsville so…well, bored? The Boredsville Weekly Herald may have the answer. Join Herman in Boredsville for this rock n roll adventure.


In Tiredsville the inhabitants are perpetually tired.

Join Herman as he boards the Big Red Double Decker bus to Tiredsville. Why is everyone always so tired? In particular, Chester, the Tiredest person in Tiredsville, who can’t even stay awake while eating his cornflakes. Could it be something to do with Mr Harrington, the mattress maker? Can you beat Herman to solve the mystery?


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In Fullsville their trousers are bursting at the seams.

Eric has a problem. He’s so full that the top button of his trousers has just pinged off across the kitchen. He is, without doubt, the fullest person in Fullsville. But why is everyone here always so full? Could it be something to do with Gribshaws famous pie shop? Join Herman on the Big Red Double Decker Bus as he tries to solve the mystery.

In Coldsville people are always freezing cold.

Jasmine, the coldest person in Coldsville is ffffffffffffreeeeeeeezing. She’s so cold, she doesn’t want to get out from under the duvet. Why is it always sooooo cold in Coldsville? Could it be something to do with the new ice cream factory that’s been built by the river? Buy a ticket and hop on the Big Red Double Decker bus to Coldsville with Herman to find out.


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In Hotsville its always scorching hot.

It’s scorching hot in Hotsville and everyone is desparate to keep cool. But with the water levels in the reservoir dropping, Hotsville needs help quick! Grab your sun shades and join Herman as he unravels the mystery.


The people of Latesville are all stressed out.

Ever been late for something? Well, the residents of Latesville are completely frustrated and stressed out because they always seem to be rushing to their next event. Could the reason by something to do with the Town Clock Tower? Join Herman as he solves the mystery…but don’t be late!


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Hold onto your hat in Windyville.

Be prepared for a blustery adventure with Herman in Windyville, where even your garden gnomes need to be tied down! Join Herman and his new friend, Megan as they delve into this windswept mystery. Maybe it’s something to do with Hank’s Go ‘4’ Green wind farm?


Try not to get lost in Lostville.

Pack your compass and join Herman as he gets lost in Lostville! Even the magical bus has trouble finding its way around. But why does everyone in Lostville seem to be always getting lost? Help Herman navigate his way out of this turmoil.


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Sadsville - a very special book written for the NSPCC and Childline

Tears streamed down the face of a glum looking sun as it crawled above the horizon. A hedgehog uncurled from its tight ball of prickles, wiped its eyes and decided to curl up again… Why is everyone in Sadsville so sad?

Written especially for The Martin Roberts Foundation, SADSVILLE specifically promotes CHILDLINE and other charities and organisations to help children and young people. 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.

To find out more about the Martin Roberts Foundation campaign to distribute a copy of Sadsville to every year 4 child (age 8/9) in the UK, please visit The Sadsville Campaign page.

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Martin Roberts


Martin Roberts is a much loved TV & Radio Presenter, Journalist and Author. Having gained a degree in Electrical Engineering, he went on to present ITV’s Travel show Wish You Were Here for 10 years. He is currently presenting BBC1’s hit daytime property auction show Homes under the Hammer (Which is now in its 14th year and 21st series).

He lives in Bath with his wife Kirsty, son Scott (10), daughter Megan (8), 2 golden Retrievers, 1 labradoodle, 4 guinea pigs, 3 hamsters and 25…no..26…no, wait…27 goldfish.


T: @TVMartinRoberts

Jackie Geoghegan


Jackie Geoghegan studied Art and Design at college, before specialising in book illustration. She paints professionally and lives in Cardiff with her two children, Shane (12) and Mollie (8).

Company Number: 06545182
Email: herman@thevilles.co.uk
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Bristol, BS39 7QQ
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