David Melling, best known for his Hugless Douglas series, has published more than 150 books and achieved sales of over 5 million copies.

The inspiration for Orox began when I learned 2024 was the Chinese Year of the Dragon. Around the same time I saw a beautiful book illustration; a linocut print of curling ivy, printed in gold. Coming from a narrative-led illustration background, the idea of a Golden Dragon sprang immediately to mind for its story and decorative potential. Steeped in myth and folklore, Gold dragons often symbolise wisdom and enlightenment.


After the trail ends, most of the life-sized oxen (and a selection of mini oxen) will be sold at a hoof-biting live auction to raise crucial funds for Sobell House Hospice.

The lucky new owners will then take their moo-gnificent ox to its forever home.

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