Children at Feltonfleet were excited to meet acclaimed children’s author, Pip Jones, when she visited the school two days before World Book Day.
In 2012, Pip was the winner of the inaugural Greenhouse Funny Prize, with her first story about Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat, who Pip had based on her daughter’s “real” imaginary kitten. The book received excellent reviews in The Times and The Guardian, amongst others. There are now six books in the series aimed at young readers from 3-8 years old. Pip also writes picture books. Daddy’s Sandwich, illustrated by Laura Hughes, was shortlisted in the 2015 Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards. Pip and Laura have a new book – The Chocolate Monster –launched on World Book Day, 2nd March and we are excited that we at Feltonfleet were some of the first to see it.
During the morning, Pip had story time with the Nursery and ran interactive sessions with pupils from Reception up to Year 4, creating stories and answering questions about life as a children’s author. They even got to meet Squishy McFluff himself!
Jenny Harris, Librarian at Feltonfleet said, “We are thrilled that Pip was able to come and speak to the pupils. Visits such as this really bring a book to life, fuelling the children’s natural imagination and encouraging them to be all the more creative in their story writing. We are lucky to have a number of budding authors in our midst, who will take inspiration from Pip’s invaluable advice”.
Year 4 pupil Emily agreed, “I love writing stories. It is good to be able to ask a writer how they began and know that you can become an author at any age.”
Pip was able to spend most of the day with us, taking time to deliver signed copies of her books to the children in their classrooms, and, as luck would have it, timed the visit perfectly so as to be able to share pancakes with the Nursery as part of their Shrove Tuesday celebrations. Hmm…. could this be an idea for the next Squishy McFluff story?