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An eclectic mix

Saturday was an eclectic mix of events. We began the day with a celebration of Elmer. For those of you who do not know who or what Elmer is (we don’t judge here), Elmer is a multi-coloured elephant, from the mind of David McKee. We love Elmer for so many reasons; he is kind, mischievous, honest, thoughtful and thought-provoking, plus he is a multi-coloured elephant!

It would seem that we are not the only ones to appreciate Elmer’s greatness, as bookshops, play centres, schools and more, celebrated Elmer Day, either on or near Saturday 27th May. Needless to say, there was a fair amount of sticking, colouring and stickers involved:

No sooner had the sequins been cleared away, than Jennifer Killick arrived, like the superhero she is. Jennifer’s debut MG novel, Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink, hit the shelves last week and it’s terrific. Here’s a little synopsis:

Alex Sparrow is a super-agent in training. He is also a human lie-detector. Working with Jess, who can communicate with animals, they must find out why their friends – and enemies – are all changing into polite and well-behaved pupils.

Alex Sparrow is a super-agent in training. He is also a human lie-detector. Working with Jess, who can communicate with animals, they must find out why their friends – and enemies – are all changing into polite and well-behaved pupils. And exactly who is behind it all.

This MG novel is full of farts, jokes and superhero references. There also features a rather clever goldfish called Bob. In a world where children’s flaws and oddities are being carefully rubbed out of existence, Alex and Jess need to rely on what makes them different to save the day.

Jennifer lead our Creative Writing Club through an exciting character building activity, exploring the ups and downs of having powers. The children had a great time, as did we. Jennifer also signed books, before flying off home to be a superhero mum.

 

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