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One of the most exciting things that happens to me in my job is when I visit a school and find that not only have the kids read my book, but they've dived right into it and expanded the world Philip Reeve and I began creating.



As Guest Director of Stratford Lit Fest, I got to visit two schools twice for their 'My Author' project: the first time to introduce Jinks & O'Hare Funfair Repair and the second time to see what the schools had done with it. There was so much amazing artwork that I'll need to divide them into two separate blog posts. At Wolverton Primary School, some of the children designed their own fairground rides. Aren't they gorgeous?!



I could have spent all day making little settings to photograph them.



On the first visit to Wolverton Primary, I walked them through drawing Jinks & O'Hare on a roller coaster. (You can download the step-by-step guide here from my website.) When I returned, they'd turned their simple pencil drawings into gorgeous full-colour posters!










Festival director Annie Ashworth had encouraged them to try a different setting for their funfair, so instead of a Funfair Moon, they created an Underwater Funfair.



The Megladon ride looks pretty awesome!



I love this Funfair Repair guide to useful underwater tools. The children presented all their work in an assembly, and I pulled aside the boy who created this to show me, so I could take some close-up snapshots of it to look at in more depth later.



And I'm glad I did! Or I would have missed this jolly Octo-phix-it with its incredible array of useful items.



And this Narwhal drill! Every underwater funfair should have one of these. (Note all the attachments.)



On the first visit, I'd drawn a poster on the flipchart, and I was so pleased to see they'd framed it!



While the kids were filing into the assembly, one boy slipped me this card, and later his older sister asked if he'd given it to me. It meant so much to me, that he'd made the effort, on his own. Thanks so much to him, and to everyone who made my visit to Wolverton so exciting!



The kids were only able to meet me, but my co-author Philip Reeve and I will both be doing a Jinks & O'Hare Funfair Repair event at Stratford Lit Fest, if they want to pop along. (Click here for a link to tickets.)



Much of the event will be repeating things I did at the school, so if the kids want to see something a bit different, I'll be doing this Big Draw event with Philip, Martin Brown, Rob Biddulph and Jonny Duddle, led by Annie Ashworth, which should be fab! Hope you can come to one of both of events! (Click here for a link to tickets.)