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Hooray for the Summer Reading Challenge!

I gather this year has been a good one for the Summer Reading Challenge, a scheme to keep children’s reading habits going over the long summer holiday. I don’t think that was ever a problem for me as a child – always happy to go to the library for another Enid Blyton – but I must admit, I’d pretty much forgotten everything  else I’d learned at school from the previous year, come the first day of the autumn term!

Prize giving day for the Summer Reading Challenge at Bream Library – Forest of Dean

 

 

I posted once before about how I was involved in the first ever Summer Reading Challenge, an idea dreamed up by Andrea Reece at Hodder Children’s Books. So I’m always very happy to be asked to play a small part over the summer.

Last week, I went to Bream Library, just down the road, where I told some stories and handed out the medals and certificates to all the children who had completed their Challenge this summer – Well done all!

It seems the challenge has been a bit oversubscribed this year – probably due to the fallen value of the pound and everyone staycationing – I guess Brexit has a had a small positive influence on something after all!

My Visit to Jersey Library

JerseyI thought I’d lost my faithful Swiss Army pocket knife when I checked into security at Birmingham airport. Normally I put it in my suitcase, but this time it was still in my pocket! I was allowed to go and buy a jiffy bag and stamps and post it back to myself. It would have been a sad day if I’d had to hand it over forever.

However, the temporary loss of my penknife did not impact on my visit to Jersey in the Channel Islands. The plane stops at Guernsey first, where I visited schools in 2010. You can see my trip videos here, and here, and here.

I was met by Linne, from the Young Readers’ Department of Jersey Library, who generously showed me around the island a bit. It’s full of castles and lovely beaches and romantic, wooded valleys that are very evident from the air as you come into land.

As a strategic island, it bears the marks of warfare over the centuries, with castles and fortresses, napoloeonic martelloi towers and a good deal of concrete gun emplacements from when the Nazis occupied the island in WW2.

I had a lovely time in the library, which had really gone to town with the Creepy House Theme. There was a creepy house – or garden shed! – a ghost train and a creepy queueing system as there are about 1000 children doing the Summer Reading Challenge in St Helier alone! The Children’s library is a very busy place over the summer!

I told scary stories and showed how to draw the Pizza Man and Frankatstein’s Monster and all the children did wonderful drawings.

Many thanks, again, for a great trip and I hope I’ll be able to come back again one day.

How to Draw Frankenstein’s Monster

Scary-creepy-frankensteinsmallI’m making a “How to draw scary stuff”book at the moment and so the next few Fridays will concentrate on the artwork I am making for that, so be prepared for a few creepy drawings. I’ll let you know when the book is finished and ready for sale. Meanwhile, if you are doing “Creepy House” Summer Reading Challenge in British Libraries you might well be in the mood to draw something creepy like this!

Boris Karloff was the original Hollywood Frankenstein’s Monster and he did such a good job that you could not draw any other way. The Monster is often referred to as Frankenstein but the monster is really the creation of Professor Frankenstein is

I’m making a “How to draw scary stuff” book at the moment and so the next few Fridays will concentrate on the artwork I am making for that, so be prepared for a few creepy drawings. I’ll let you know when the book is finished and ready for sale.