The most fun though was probably when the children asked how a new character I am developing, ‘Captain Sillyvoice’, is going to speak. I had all the children standing up holding their noses, smiling and bending forwards saying “My name is Captain Sillyvoice.” They seemed to really enjoy this and it worked – they did sound squeaky. So, those instructions will be going in the book.
Most bizarre question of the session – “Have you written any books about toucans?” Sadly, the answer was no but I said it would be a good character to put in a jungle adventure so I would try to remember it.
When I read “There was absolutely nothing she could do”, (referring to the teacher about to be splattered with hot tea), one little boy piped up “Well she could move.” He was right of course and I was stumped for a moment. I think I managed to recover my position, explaining that everything was happening too fast for that. This seemed to satisfy him!
Best comment: “This book is actually really cool!”