Reviews are an author’s best friend so please keep posting them to us!
This first review is from a best-selling author who is regularly on Twitter. His name is Steve and his profile is: @S.P.O’Farrell, this was a huge honour as he is another children’s author and he wrote the book SimonLaFray. I have always dreamt of having my book reviewed by a successful author. I was so excited, I designed this promo below:
Remember to turn your sound up!
The second review was from a reader who posted it on www.goodreads.com
Referring to The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden as an instant classic made me run to find some man-sized Kleenex!
I am delighted to announce the winners and finalists of my Eco Creative Writing Competition.
About: The workshop was based on my award-winning children’s book ‘The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden’ which raises environmental awareness and other important positive life messages. This is also a wonderful way to learn about London and explore the famous area of Covent Garden.
Brief: To write your own story based on climate change and the effects this has on our local wildlife.
Linked to the National Curriculum
In Year 5, I chose two winners and one finalist. The winners were Kai and Samir for their effort in writing a story about climate change and the effects this has on our wildlife. Kai and Samir will receive a signed copy of my children’s book, The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden and I chose Ismail as a finalist.
All three will have their work published here and posted on my social media profiles:
Good work, wonderful effort. Below you will see their certificates, stories and animated posters I designed especially to congratulate them.
To see Kai’s certificate and story below, please click on where it says ‘Written by Kai’ and all will be revealed! Thank you!
Today Pigeon and I drove to Tolworth in Surrey and visited a sweet school called Kings Oak Primary.
I love big halls and this one was huge. Year 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 were in the school assembly. When I gave my memory stick to the I.T person with my pigeon presentation saved and suddenly said the folder was empty. A typical technical hitch. Luckily I had reception in there and managed to quickly email it to him. JUST IN TIME! Phew!
Wow, I was blown a way by these little people. Their enthusiasm was beyond anything I had every imagined. I explained that they were going to be part of Pigeon’s adventure across London and every one of them seemed excited. Ten eager ones came up to the stage and helped me by holding up the sound boards, a very important job.
When I was at school I adored acting and art. It is wonderful how those strengths are now shining through my animation designs and story. When I first started reading my book in a library five months ago, I was completely petrified and my hands would uncontrollably shake. Now I relish big crowds of children watching my every move and listening intently.
This has been a big journey of self discovery for me and I am learning every day at how to become better at my performance. In the beginning I would never have thought I would use drama to express my story. It is a wonderful thing to be able to improvise and with every experience, find new ways to be a storyteller.
Today was different to every day so far in my life as an author. I woke up, had brekkie then smeared my face with blue paint, slipped and zipped up my onesie, put my hood up and waited for the paint to dry. After a few moments I was ready for the finishing touch, my yellow beak. Can you guess who I was? My youngest daughter jumped up and down with excitement and shouted ‘PIGEON!’
Pigeon was unsure though. So was I when I opened my front door and ran to my car. A pigeon driving a car did I hear you say? Noooo it cannot be! (chuckle).
The morning was full of laughs. I put 300% in to my performance. The children were all dressed up as different book characters and Pigeon and I were very impressed!
Here are some animation to show you how the day played out…
A friend who was in the year below me at school (who I had not seen since 1996), found me on Instagram and invited me to Eaton Square as she was a teacher there. It just shows that social media platforms can be very useful.
Pigeon and I travelled on the train and then took a tube to Victoria. As I missed our stop to jump on another train. I was on Twitter catching up with the Writing Community (of course). Pigeon hid in my rucksack. We arrived early this time, thank goodness.
Another lovely school. Very smart reception. We were escorted into a big hall. The children came flooding in. Now that I had practiced my interactive storytelling many times in the last two days I was in my element. Just like Pigeon when he learnt that tap-dancing was his passion. I felt alive and excited! The children were brilliant. It was wonderful.