Dave Pigeon heads to South Africa

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The pigeontastic Hooked on Books theatrical company have been taking Dave Pigeon into schools in Gauteng, Johannesburg & Cape Town in South Africa! I’m so thrilled to hear that the children and actors have greatly enjoyed seeing Dave Pigeon on the stage.

Thank you Hooked on Books. Dave is clearly very much at home in South Africa!

Photos courtesy of Hooked on Books

Up, up and away at The Roald Dahl Museum

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Sheena and I were back at the Road Dahl Museum today, creating stories and characters with three brilliant groups of chiddlers and their human beans.

The ideas and imaginations of all the budding, young authors and illustrators who joined us were bubbling away in the Upper Babbling room where we created three brand new stories that saw Dave and Skipper battle a vicious beast with a lassoing tongue, escape Tina and her hooves of dread in a hopping race through the jungles of a outer space forest planet and retrieve a magic hammer from a chest in order to smash a basketball court to pieces.

Thank you so much to everyone who came along and took part in our workshops and to all the staff, especially Jo and Natalie, who looked after us during our visit. We had a truly splendiferous day.

Book Week at St Elizabeth’s Primary School

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This week was Book Week at St Elizabeth’s Primary School and we were invited along to join in the celebrations.

Sheena and I met with all three hundred of the school’s pupils at assembly where the children helped Sheena create a pigeon worthy of the St Elizabeth’s school badge.

We then went on to create villains and stories with Years 2, 3 and 4. Dave and Skipper found themselves at a creepy haunted house that belonged to an evil pigeon-eating villain and they had to escape with the help of a robot stuck in a box in the haunted attic. The hopeless pigeons also found themselves stuck in a rocket in space, where they used their electricity know-how, along with the help of a friendly alien, to get themselves back to Earth.

We had such a pigeontastic time with the staff and pupils of St Elizabeth’s. Thank you to Michelle and the Alligator’s Mouth bookshop for all your support and organisation.

Kite-making at The Alligator’s Mouth

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Sheena and I spent our wintry afternoon today making kites at the brilliant Alligator’s Mouth bookshop.

After a reading from the brand new Dave Pigeon book, we were assisted by a group of young illustrators to create a brand new racing pigeon character, inspired by Dave Pigeon (Racer!).

The children went on to create their own characters on kites which I’m sure will be flying high in the skies of Richmond once the snow stops.

Thank you so much to everyone who came along and to Margaret, Tony and Helen at The Alligator’s Mouth who always make us feel so at home in their gorgeous bookshop.

Happy World Book Day from Strand on the Green Infant School

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We celebrated World Book Day today with the brilliant pupils of Strand on the Green Infant School. Sheena and I battled our way through a snow blizzard and Arctic temperatures to get there and were greeted with the warmest smiles as one hundred and eighty children helped us create brand new pigeontastic characters and stories. Thank you so much to Polly Watkinson, the staff and the pupils at Strand on the Green for making our day so memorable. Here are a few snaps from our day:

We LOVE seeing your Dave Pigeon-inspired World Book Day costumes so please so keep sending them in. You can contact me here. Here are some particularly birdrilliant ones:

Dave Pigeon at St Edmund’s Primary School

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Sheena and I were invited to meet the pigeontastic pupils of St Edmund’s Primary School today. We were so excited to introduce the children to the Dave Pigeon characters and read from the brand new Dave Pigeon book, Dave Pigeon (Racer!).

The children helped us create brand new villains, including the terrifying Ibra Kozzie, a half-man half-beast monster who wanted to feast on the pigeons of New York, and the equally horrifying Bob, who was half-cow half-pig with a runny nose,  on the hunt for a tasty pigeon at the dump.

We had such a great time, creating new stories and seeing the pupil’s incredible artwork. Thank you so much to the pupils and staff, especially Vicky Juniper, who made us feel so welcome at St Edmund’s.

I’m in National Geographic Kids!

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Last month, I was thrilled to hear that National Geographic Kids were running a World Book Day themed ‘Wonderful Writers’ spread in their next issue. And flabbergasted that they wanted to feature me, alongside many other brilliant authors, as part of their collection of writers!

The magazine has just arrived and it looks fantastic. Thank you National Geographic Kids!