Here's the pirate they led me in drawing, Cap'n Ugly Hardrock Davios (or 'Dav' for short).
Here's their head, fellow North American Diannah Dean, introducing me. The kids did a great job of saying ARRR! like a pirate.
I read You Can't Scare a Princess! to the school, then talked them through a little slideshow about how I made the book, starting with the piece of paper with the story text on it. Here I am, showing them how I designed the character of Captain Waffle.
Then I led Years 5-6 in a comics workshop. First we designed some pirate characters, then we had a Comics Jam session. Here are some of the pirates, starting with Captain Bendy Bum:
And here are a few of the Comics Jams! Some of them are surreal, to say the least.
I finished with a book signing, and it was lovely getting to meet some of the kids there.
Louise took me off to Culworth Primary School, and on the road, we stopped off at a churchyard to look at this intriguing old tomb stone of a former African servant who had died at the age of 16:
I took a few snapshots of some snowdrops growing outside the school, next to the old grounds of Culworth Castle.
Louise took a photo of me taking a photo of the snowdrops...
Here are Reception and Year 1. We're talking about digging long, winding pirate tunnels.
They helped me draw this pirate, Captain Pants:
The older kids were studying Greek myths, so we adapted the comics session and they instructed me on drawing a very bizarre version of Hercules and Midas. Hercules was a centaur, for starters, so it wasn't very accurate, but it was fun anyway. They'd also prepared by designing their own heroes and villains, which we used in another Comics Jam.
I didn't manage to get many photos at Culworth, but this broccoli attack scene made me smile:
After another big book signing, Louise took me back to her place, and we collapsed with tea and slices of her very welcome home-baked cake.
Louise is a great cook, she'd even prepared another pudding for after dinner! Former DFC publicist and now Bounce book sales rep Catherine Stokes came over for the evening meal and we had a good natter about publishing and had fun catching up.
And then I crashed and slept like a log. A good day! Thanks to the schools for hosting me, and Louise for looking after me!
Edit: Oo, here's a video of Catherine when she was the lexicographer for Countdown!
(Read my World Book Day blog posts Part 1 here and Part 3 here!)