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Trouble with Badgers

A strange title for a blog I’ll grant you, but then you don’t like badgers like I know badgers. And I didn’t know badgers well until Monday, when John Dougherty came for a visit.

Now John has written many hilarious books, but his latest ‘Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers’, has opened my eyes to what naughty creatures they are,

So, after quite a horrendous encounter with the M4, John came bouncing through the door, guitar in hand and went straight into his first hour with a very excited group of children from a local primary school. He sang, he jumped around, he enthused about books and generally inspired everyone in the room (adults included). All of this, fuelled with little more than a cup of tea and boundless enthusiasm. Here are some pics of John in action,

John’s song about underpants proved very popular…I can’t imagine why!

The lucky children got to hear the man himself reading from Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face, as well as getting their books signed. There’s nothing better than a personalised, signed book,

After a spot of lunch, John did it all again with another class of children, before collapsing on the sofa for a while to meet passing book lovers.

By the end of the day we had run out of John’s books, but never fear, we have now re-stocked. If you can get to an event with John (or want him to visit your school), I can’t recommend him highly enough. We had a fab day and can’t wait to read the next instalment of Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face.

p.s. We are happy to provide discounted books for author visits either at the shop (for booked in groups) or in schools.


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