Posing with an Adventure Island fan, Tabitha,
in front of the beautiful display of island maps
It was such a treat to spend two days with the children of St John's College School during World Book Week. What a lovely enthusiastic bunch of readers and writers and artists they are! Many of them had read several Adventure Island books already, and they'd also been busy drawing fabulous maps of imaginary islands, inspired by the map of Castle Key (drawn by mega-brilliant illustrator Leo Hartas) in the Adventure Island books.
The maps were all beautifully displayed in the library, with cool design work by the lovely librarians (even my name all made out of miniature book covers - a work of art!). Picking the winners of the map competition was quite a challenge as they were all so amazing. I've included a selection below (huge apologies to everyone I've missed out. I only had time to take a few photos, especially as I was balancing a chair to get to the ones at the top.)
Another highlight of the visit was seeing all the Year 5 and Year 6 pupils dressed up as book characters on Friday. It's great fun reading and talking to a room full of pirates and soldiers and Where's Wallys and Katniss Everdeens and Mr Stinks. There was even an Hercule Poirot, and Arthur Dent and a Carrie from Carrie's War. And - how exciting! - an Emily Wild, complete with her shoulder bag containing her investigation kit.
Thank you to everyone at St John's College School for a brilliant World Book Week!