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Monday, 9 October 2017

What Are You Reading Right Now?

I'd love to hear what books you are reading in your classroom and at home...

Perhaps your teacher is sharing a book with everyone or perhaps you are reading a book of your own.

You might enjoy reading Top-Secret Grandad and Me - Death By Tumble Dryer, by David MacPhail.  

This story is about an 11 year old boy called Jay Patel. He lives in Glasgow with his family - Granny, a tiny woman with thick glasses, wrinkles and long grey hair who, one Halloween, got mistaken for Yoda - and his Mum, Katie, who wears flowy dresses and burgundy coloured Dr Marten boots...

Jay's Dad vanished whilst doing a magic trick on stage and he hasn't been seen since. Jay thinks he would make a good private investigator and he is determined to find out what has happened to his dad.

As if things aren't difficult enough already for Jay, the Ghost of his dead Grandad appears at the house. At first Jay thinks that it will be very useful having a ghost to help him solve the mystery, but unfortunately Grandad isn't quite as ideal as he had hoped. He refuses to walk through walls and he floats along very slowly.

As well as finding out what happened to his dad, Jay has other mysteries to solve too...
Who dropped a piano on the school caretaker's head?
What happened to the dead body that Mum found in the school library?
Then there's the diamonds, blackmail and a strange launderette that doesn't do any laundry. Perhaps they are all connected...

Will Jay get to the bottom of it all? You will have to read on to find out. 

Your Local Library...

One of the things I want to be able to do as Patron of Reading is to share ideas about things to read. Some of the books I suggest might already be in your school - but if not, then you can borrow them from your local library.

There are two libraries that are not too far from Dovedale. The nearest one is Allerton Library - that's only a few streets away from school.

The other one is Sefton Park Library. If you are not already a member of your local library - ask your parents to take you along so you can join. It's free to join and it's free to borrow books... so what are you waiting for?

If you don't go near these two libraries then perhaps you can go to the big Central Library in Liverpool. It's worth calling into the big library just to have a look... It's amazing.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

A Fantastic Day - No Worries!

The first day of school can be a worrying time for anyone - even me.

I worry that I might forget a story or poem that I am going to share...
I worry that I might forget some of my books...
I worry that I might forget my pants!!!
I worry that I might get lost on the way to school.
I worry that I might get lost when I'm in school
I also worry that I might lose my voice.

On Monday I was up at 6 o'clock in the morning, putting my things in the car and getting ready for my first visit to Dovedale. When there are nor many cars around it doesn't take me long to drive along the road, through the tunnel and into Liverpool -  but first thing on a Monday morning is different. After setting off at 7 o'clock and sitting in queues of traffic I finally arrived at school at 10 minutes to 9... I was lucky to find a parking space near the school so I didn't have to carry my things too far but I still arrived in the hall feeling a little flustered, hot and bothered...

Phew! I didn't get lost and I was just about in time for my first session which was to be with year one and two in the hall.

Phew! You're lovely teacher, Mrs Newby, showed me the way to the hall so I didn't get lost on the way. 

After introducing myself and a little bit of chat I shared a silly story with everyone. It was lots of fun and everyone laughed and joined in. Thank you for the jug of milk, the cat, the fresh leg of lamb and the brilliant donkey... the story wouldn't have been the same without you. Phew! I didn't forget the story - and no... I didn't forget my pants either - but I did start to lose my voice a little.

As year 1 and 2 left the hall I had a few minutes to get my breath back before the next little session which was with your amazing Reading Ambassadors - it was a real privilege to meet S (6P), M (6OT), Z (6C), S (5M), S (5MC), L (5TH), J (4H), B (4T), A (4BG), K (3B), K (3D) and J (3WM). Hopefully we can work together to get everyone in school reading for pleasure and sharing the fun or reading with each other. We had a few little ideas of how to get things going and I will be suggesting more things on this page... so please let me know if you have any more ideas.

After break I met everyone from year 3, 4, 5 and 6 for a big fun session in the hall. My voice had come back after the little rest and I had a great time sharing some stories and poems and answering your questions. Don't forget - if you have any more questions about me, writing or anything else... just send me an email or leave a comment on this page.

After a few noisy sessions it was great to have the chance to work with year six to come up with a story idea - I'd be interested to find out what happens to "Tentacle Boy" ...

In the afternoon I had lots of fun working with year one... sharing a few more stories and building a character that you can work on yoursleves.

Soon I will suggest a few books that you might like to read and I would live to hear your suggestions too, so keep in touch. I had a great time with everyone in school and I hope you enjoyed it too - see you soon. 

Right now I've got to get some writing done and send some new ideas off to one of my publishers who makes the books. I hope they like some of the ideas.

Happy reading everyone...

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Hello to everyone at Dovedale

Here's a HUGE HELLO to everyone at Dovedale Primary School. I am really honoured and excited to be your Patron of Reading and I can't wait to come along and meet you all. Before I come along you might like to have a look around my website so you can find out a bit more about me.

This web diary (or blog) is the place where we can keep in touch with each other when I am not able to come into school. This is the place where I can tell you what I'm doing and can suggest some books that you and you friends might enjoy. Whenever I write something in the diary, you will be able to read it and leave a little comment too if you like. Once I've read the comments they will appear here for everyone else to read too. 

You need to get involved too - If you've read a good book, drawn a great picture or done some good writing, you or your teachers can email it to me and I can include it here for everyone else to see. You can also use this page if you want to ask me any questions - or you can email them to me and I can include them here for others to read.

Teachers can share books and things too... perhaps you've read a book that another class might like. Perhaps you've read a book that another teacher or parent might enjoy - if so, then please let us know.