Mr Freezy and the Very Close Call: Warwick SHS teacher’s cool character turns page


English teacher Glenn Osborne with his class. Picture: Martin Kennealey           d459788
English teacher Glenn Osborne with his class. Picture: Martin Kennealey         d459788

A CHARACTER that teacher Glenn Osborne imagined living in the fridge as a child has come to life.

The Warwick Senior High School English and media teacher recently published the first of an anticipated three children’s books about Mr Freezy.

He said as a child he used to imagine that Mr Freezy lived in the fridge, turning on the light whenever the door opened and that the idea of turning it into a book had been on his mind since starting university.

“Mum’s been nagging me about it for the past 15 years,” he said.

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Osborne finally wrote the story while teaching part-time last year and Mr Freezy and the Very Close Call was released in early September.

“It’s really cool; it’s something I’ve been thinking about for so long,” he said.

“It was sort of always in the back of my mind. It wouldn’t dominate my thoughts but it never really went away.”

His students had input into the design of Mr Freezy, “overwhelmingly” choosing illustrator Eric Viola’s version featured in the book.

Osborne described seeing the childhood creation come to life as surreal and strange.

“It’s exactly the kind of thing I had imagined,” he said.

The book is available online at mrfreezy.com and Osborne said his hope was simply that children enjoyed it.

“Just that it puts a smile on their faces, that’s the primary reason why I teach anyway.”