Teacher Alan Jefferies, 46, is the author of The Crocodile Who Wanted To Be Famous, a children's book based on the exploits of the Yuen Long Crocodile, Pui Pui, which evaded capture for seven months. He is also setting up a fans' website for the crocodile. There's no doubt that Pui Pui has had a very positive influence on Hong Kong. The crocodile has done more to re-launch Hong Kong than Harbour Fest or anything else. It got Hong Kong's name out into all the world's press and people were fascinated by the story. There's still a lot of residual interest in the crocodile and I think Hong Kong can capitalise on that. My recommendation is that Disney should use it as a mascot when it opens its theme park. I don't know what they're planning but I reckon why not use Pui Pui - or Crafty the crocodile, the character in my book - as its mascot? That would definitely strike a chord with Hong Kong people. I'm happy with the way the crocodile has been treated since it was captured. I think the facility at Kadoorie Farm where it's being kept is fine. The only piece of advice I'd give to Kadoorie Farm, because the character in my book is a television-loving crocodile, is to provide a TV for the crocodile to watch. I was in Australia when I first heard about the story of the crocodile. From there, it seemed a bit of a joke. It seemed like a wind-up. Then I came back and started reading about it. I thought the real life story had a lot of heroic, mythical elements. Here you have this mysterious crocodile which appears and no one knows where it came from. Crocodiles are prehistoric creatures and the idea of this lone creature on the edge of one of the most technologically advanced cities on the planet fascinated me. Questions arose in my mind. What does it want? Why did it come to Hong Kong? The idea came to me that maybe it wanted to be famous, and that was the pretext for my book. In my story, the crocodile is a crocodile that lives in an idyllic village in rural China and watches too much TV - and while watching TV it gets the idea it wants to be famous, like Yao Ming or Jackie Chan. He thinks of very famous Chinese people who he could become. Then he decides that he is going to go in search of his dreams and leaves his riverside village and he has a few adventures on the way. There is a hunter in the story who is very loosely based on John Lever, the crocodile hunter from Australia who tried and failed to catch Pui Pui. He's actually more like Steve Irwin. I wrote the story a long time before the crocodile was caught. It was written when the crocodile was still at large - in December last year. It was at about that time that the crocodile disappeared for a while and its absence fuelled my imagination even more. It had appeared out of nowhere. There was all this attention and then for months it went missing. That fed into the whole imaginary side of it. Did it go back to China? Maybe there was a family of them. When the crocodile was eventually caught in June I decided I had better get the fictional characters out there as quickly as possible. This book is aimed at the ages of eight to 12 but in Hong Kong, people in their 20s read children's stories as well, so there may be a crossover into the adult market. I'm expecting it to do well and I have a very strong idea for the next book depending on how well this one does. There's been a lot of interest in my book from the Chinese newspapers. They are really fascinated by the whole story. We sold 50 or 60 copies at the launch at the British Council, where I teach. The story has some strong themes - the importance of family, the importance of a clean environment, I think that will resonate well with Hong Kong people. The crocodile did become something of a folk hero. Its battle, its struggle, captured people's imagination. Here you had an animal alone, pitched against all the forces the government was going to throw at it. It displayed a rebellious nature and people responded to that.