Saturday, 6 February 2010

Word is slowly getting out.

Quite a busy week for the HPM with 5 readings booked all over the region.

St Mathews C of E Primary in Edgeley invited me to read on Monday, and were kind enough to give me a selection of the pictures that some of the pupils had drawn. Again the children were very receptive to both Hairy Plug Monster and even more so to Golden Arm.
Tuesday saw me return to Broadoak Primary School in Didsbury for a bout of book signings in the morning and the day after I spent a pleasurable morning at Lane End Primary in Cheadle Hulme. On Thursday, I took the HPM all the way up to Crumpsall in north Manchester to Bowker Vale Primary and spent a full day reading to 10 classes ranging from nursery school all the way up to year 6.
Golden Arm again proved a great favourite amongst the pupils and their reaction was brilliant, it seems the more children are engaged in the story and following each verse, then the more likely they are to jump right at the end.
Etchells Primary in Heald Green rounded off a busy week on Friday, with me reading to the nursery classes and a few year one classes that I didn't manage to reach the previous week.
Orders for the book were strong, but more importantly the books that we sent to the regional library headquarters were well received and have resulted in a booking at Halton Children's Centre on the 15th Feb, followed by a prestigious reading at the opening of Bolton Central Library on the 20th. Warrington Library on the 3rd March and Blackpool Library on the 4th before heading over to Tottington Library on the 5th, before returning to Blackpool on the 9th.
Copies of the HPM have even been sent across the Pennines and I received this email from Shelly Bullas in Halifax.
Hello Leighroy

Thank you for sending us a copy of The Hairy Plug Monster. What a fantastic book! I loved the illustrations and rhyming story. I can’t wait to read it at story time. I will definitely buy some additional copies for our branch libraries.

Many thanks and good luck!

Shelley Bullas
Co-ordinator: Children's and Young People's Libraries Services
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