World Book Week 2023

That’s a wrap on another wonderful World Book Week!

There were a couple of early events, including visits to Herne View Primary, Denbury Primary School, the School For Inspiring Talents and Ugborough Primary School. In these were spectacular spectacles, beautiful bookmarks, well-being jars, slime cupcakes, the opening of a new library and visits to the newly finished authormobile!

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Sunny Side Up AT herne View!

Last week, I visited the two sites that make up Herne View Primary School in Ilminster, and what a lovely time we had! Children in 19 classes each made a pair of spectacular spectacles, that can help turn a bad mood into a good mood.

These glorious glasses were inspired by my new book with Ana Sanfelippo and Little Tiger Press – Sunny Side Up – which shows children (and adults alike!) that they can train their brain to see the best in any situation.

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Gadgeteers! – Summer reading challenge

It was my spacetastic pleasure to mark the opening of the Summer Reading Challenge with storytelling and crafts at Torquay Library.

Linked to Sunshine At Bedtime (illustrated by Sally Soweol Han, Storyhouse Publishing) and Aerodynamics of Biscuits (illustrated by Sophia Touliatou, Maverick Books) the children had the opportunity to create scratch art, make their own spoon characters, make a space mobile and design and build a biscuit rocket.

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Today is publication day for the third book in the Dot and Duck series! Illustrated by Olivier Tallec and published by Happy Yak (an imprint of Quarto Kids),

How Messy is the story of best friends, Dot and Duck. Dot hates mess and Duck hates tidy. Duck leaves the bed unmade, the cupboards open and breakfast everywhere. How messy! At the beach, Dot carefully lays out her towel and picnic… and Duck digs a big hole covering everything with sand! SO messy!

Olivier’s characterful watercolour illustrations bring this story to life, and big font makes the story easy for young readers. How Messy! is a simple yet hilarious story with a touching ending and an important message about accepting differences and learning to compromise.

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Scissorella Storytime and Crafts

It’s always a pleasure visiting libraries for storytime and crafts. Recently I paid a visit to Newton Abbot and Torquay Library where we read Scissorella and took part in some themed crafts. Here are some snaps of our silhouette light jars, chalk silhouettes and Lotte Reinger-inspired puppets, which we made into animations using the app Stop Motion.

Can you spot the spider in a tutu and Titanic- themed jar?

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