Although I have officially finished my school visits for the year I ran a book selling stall at John Blow Primary School’s Christmas Fair yesterday afternoon with picture book author Elizabeth Baguley. As you can see we were joined by even more famous people than ourselves – Santa Claus and Marge Simpson. Pictured between the dignitaries was the adorable Grace who bought a copy of Love Simone xxx. I hope you enjoy the story, Grace.
The fair was tremendously busy and Elizabeth and I sold a good number of books. I think it helped that we did an assembly at the school the day before. Elizabeth told a story about a boy who forgot to post his sister’s letter to Santa and I read an extract from ‘Sammie’s Back’ where Sammie and Brandon are sitting under the Christmas tree in the after school club, transfixed. Sammie is desperate to make a wish. She wants her dad to come back to live with them again. Brandon just wants to see if the fairy’s wearing any knickers! I think I ought to set more stories round Christmas – Sammie’s Back sold out in a flash – it must be the way I tell ’em. The other title that went quickly was Football Mad, the anthology that includes my football story ‘There’s Only One Danny Ogle.’ I think the striking cover helps. And the topic, of course. I’d like to say a special thank you to Barbara for buying all six of my Girls FC titles for her grand-daughter. That’s the mark of a good grandma, isn’t it? Buying her grandkids books. It reminds me of a poem by Stickland Gillilan (1869-1954)
‘You may have tangible wealth untold
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold,
Richer than I you can never be-
for I had a (grand)mother who read to me.’