St Andrew’s, Uxbridge, Monday 9th March

Hello At Andrew’s,

I’m really looking forward to working with you prof P 003all on the 9th. In the hall we’re going to make up a story about Professor Prague. He’s the character in the picture and his little craft can fly anywhere. You’ll then go back to your classrooms and either rework the school story or use your own ideas. So have a think about where you might want Professor Prague to fly and what might happen to him. He can land on water and as he has wheels his craft can also go along roads. Behind the toilet is a black box with a chimney. Think about what might be useful for him to put in the box. In the story I make up with you he will travel on his own. Maybe in your story you’d like Professor Prague to have someone (or an animal) with him.

TMD coverDuring my day with you I will also visit classes. If you are in Key Stage 2, I will tell you about my new book, The Milkshake Detectives. You’ll create a setting and make up one or two things that are in the book. With Key Stage 1 wooden camel 002children I’ll share how another story was written and read the story. It’s called The Wooden Camel and I wrote it for our sons when they were aged 4 and 6. I drew illustrations as well which I will show you. The story was published but without my illustrations.

After school I’ll be selling my books. If you want to buy The Milkshake Detectives it is discounted to £5. It’s not being published until April 2nd and is for age range 7-11. I have some cards with a caterpillar on. If you buy The Milkshake Detectives, I’ll sign a card for you and we’ll keep the card in school. When I know how many books have been bought I’ll ask the book distributer to send the books straight to school as soon as it’s published. You can then stick the autographed card in and read it.

Us Minus Mum -websiteI will have Us Minus Mum with me as well, for 8-11 year olds. It is very funny but also very sad and has been long-listed for the Carnegie, the UK Literacy Association and Warwickshire Junior Book Awards – which I am very excited about. It costs £5.

I’ll also have books with me that are now out of print. Several of these are suitable for Key Stage 1 children and are priced at £1, £3 and £5.

Enjoy whatever you are doing today. Have a look round my website – you’ll find out more about me and what I do and what I write.

I’ll finish with a picture of a brilliant flower sarasota bat plantthat is trying to make you think it is scary and watching you!