CARTOON kids devised in Huddersfield are set to go global.

Creators at design company One 17 AD think Kid Premiership, Kool Katie and their pals are ready to take on the world.

The characters have been dreamed up to star in colourful educational work books.

And they could soon be replacing old, boring, black and white ones in schools all over.

Architect Mark Lee, 41, came up with the idea, basing Kid Premiership and Kool Katie on his own children.

Honley High School pupils Matthew and Katie, 14 and 12, are chuffed that they sparked the new brand.

Their mother, Caroline, a former teacher at Shelley High and Brockholes schools, has been working full-time on the project for three years.

She is writing the books and artist Alan Hardy is drawing Kid, Katie and their pals virtually full-time at One 17, of Lockwood Park.

Mark says: "We've got booklets about eating healthily and brushing teeth, we've got maths books and we've devised a year planner for new pupils at high school.

"They're all designed in full colour, so they look more like cartoons and Playstation games than school aids."

Books have been bought for pilot schemes at UK schools, including through the Surestart initiative.

Mark and his team now hope more will buy into the brand - in the UK and abroad.

"I think it could go global," says Mark. "The themes, characters and design should appeal to kids all over the world.

"We've got a website,, set up and it's getting hits from all over."

Mark, who lives in the distinctive Round House he designed at Hall Bower, thinks this new side of the business will expand dramatically.

He is looking for more illustrators with experience in animation. Characters are aimed at children mainly up to the age of 11.

Mark says: "I just got this idea in my head, simply the name, Kid Premiership.

"I went round the office saying to people: "Kid Premiership! It's going to be massive!" and they said: `Eh?'

"Now we're confident that it will be massive. "