Saturday, 18 January 2014

A flood of school visits...

... well, only 2 schools, but I had to battle through floods to get to them. It was certainly worth it though!

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First up was the large but very friendly Cippenham Primary School in Slough. After two really fun presentations here on Monday, I returned on Tuesday for a book signing. I was setting myself up for this at 9am when the fire alarm went and everyone evacuated to the playground. It turned out there was an electrical fault that meant the electricity and heating were off for the rest of the day. But this didn't stop us! I started signing books at 9.30am, when we were let back into the building, and kept going until the last book was signing at 3.30pm! It was quite overwhelming, and a big thank you to Tracy Briggs for organising everything so smoothly.

After recovering from this mega book signing, the next day I visited Hounslow Town Primary School to perform to all of KS2. They were a lively and fun audience and it was lovely to meet some of them the following day during the book signing.

I will leave you with a report about my visit to Cippenham Primary, written by Deen and Khadijah, along with some photos from the visit. (Click on the photos to make them bigger and view them as a slideshow!)

"We really enjoyed our visit today by Luke Temple!
At the beginning, Luke was nowhere to be seen! Suddenly he burst out of the cupboard with a magnifying glass, searching around the hall for his ideas. He began to tell us about himself and about one of his books, ‘Ghost Post’. He explained how he got the ideas for his books and also that all of his books are about spooky adventures (because his birthday is on Halloween!).

Next he chose actors from year 3 and year 5 to act out scenes from ‘Ghost Post’. We loved watching our friends acting and enjoyed hearing about the character of ‘Spooky Steve’. We then got to see a short clip of the book – it looks really scary!

After that he told us about another book called ‘Doorway to Danger’, this also contains the same character from the first book, she is a brave girl called Becky. We found this one even scarier because of the spectre! One of our favourite parts of the morning was when Luke asked us spooky jokes, if we got the punchline wrong we had to go up to the front – we got to see some of our friends dance to Jedward! Even the teachers were laughing a lot!

We would like to say a huge thank you to Luke for his visit and can’t wait to read his stories!"

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Luke Temple: style icon + a very special book made of cake

Me and my mini-me!
What a way to kick off the Spring term! This week Mike and I were back in Ashford, Kent, where we visited Ashford Oaks School. Before my presentation even began I was in for a surprise. I was introduced to Joshua, a year 3 boy who has just had his hair cut 'in the style of Luke Temple'. That's right, he'd been inspired... by my hair. How wonderful is that?! (Unfortunately I have also just had my hair cut, but in a different style, which means that Joshua now looks more like me than I do!)

During the presentation, I asked Joshua to come up to the front to play my 'mini-me' and he did a great job. The presentation itself was a really good experience and everyone joined in to help me bring my books to life, making it a brilliantly fun afternoon. The next day we returned for a big book signing with lots of enthusiastic children. Thank you to Mr D'cruz for arranging a super visit - we hope we can come back soon!

After this we headed the short distance to The John Wallis Academy. We visited the school back in September 2013 and this week they invited us to help them open their newly improved library. As I walked past a classroom window on my way into the school, one of the children spotted me and started jumping up and down in excitement. I knew from that moment that it was going to be a special experience, but I wasn't prepared for the surprise that greeted me when I entered the building - my second surprise of the week!

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The restaurant at the school had been busy making a cake for the library opening, and it was a cake made to look like one of my books, Stormy Cliff! You can see it in the photos, complete with my signature. Isn't it amazing?! I thought I was only going to get to meet a few children when we opened the library, but to make it extra special the WHOLE SCHOOL had been invited to a 'library opening' celebration assembly. We really enjoyed this: the new year 6 librarians were introduced, I gave a short speech, the book-cake was cut and a song had been written especially for the library opening, which we all sang together. All that was left was to cut the ribbon, and we had officially opened the library at The John Wallis Academy Primary School.
The book-cake is cut for everyone to enjoy...

It is really great to see a school so focused on trying to develop a love of reading. I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate The John Wallis Academy on their energy and enthusiasm. A big thank you for inviting me to what is undoubtedly the best library opening I have ever attended - I was honoured to be there.

... which I clearly did, as this rather
unflattering photo shows!
To all the children at John Wallis, I hope you enjoy using your new library. Remember, it isn't like any other room in your school. It's a magical, amazing portal that can take you anywhere you want to go. By reading the books in your library and using your imaginations, you can become the hero in any story and travel to worlds that you've never even dreamed of! I look forward to coming back in the future and seeing your library 'in action'!
But I swear I didn't eat all of this!

Great end to the Autumn term!

We ended the Autumn term in style with a two week tour to the midlands. We made many new friends and had some unforgettable experiences at St Mary's (Bicester), St Oswald's (Rugby), Goodyers End School (Coventry), Our Lady's School (Alcester), Bromsgrove School, Lutley School (Halesowen), Brook School (Stourbridge) and Dunstall Hill School and Woodthorne School (both in Wolverhampton).

I hope the hundreds of children who bought books or got them for Christmas have enjoyed reading them. Hopefully I'll be back to see you all soon with my brand new books!

Here is a link to an article about my visit to Bromsgrove:

Below are some photos from my lively and uber-fun visit to Goodyers End, with thanks to Mr Gillgan! (Click on one on the photos to go see them all in 'full screen' mode.)

And here are some new fans from Brook Primary happy about getting hold of their books: