At Chipping Norton Literacy Festival, I was delighted to catch up with JAB favourites, Swapna Haddow and Sheena Dempsey aka Team Dave Pigeon! These lovely ladies led a brilliant, fun-filled session based around their third book, 'Dave Pigeon (Racer!).
They started with a reading from the book, introducing us to the new baddie Dave is up against. This led to Swapna talking about how she creates her villains- making them bad, but giving them something silly to wear so that they don't 'haunt' her! She then sends her ideas to Sheena who has to decide how to draw them.
The whole audience then got involved in creating a new baddie. The 'who shouts loudest wins' system of voting was used to decide which ideas would be chosen to build our creation and a lot of noise and laughter followed. Inspired by our team effort, everyone then created their own whilst Sheena and Swapna mingled, giving advice and encouragement.
Next, Swapna guided us through creating a story, complete with actors from the audience whilst Sheena drew the pictures to go with it. The ideas got wilder and wilder as Dave adventured through the outback, fighting off crocodiles and all sorts of dangers before reaching safety.
The session ended with lots of enthusiastic children asking lots of interesting questions. The Dave Pigeon books are great fun - and this session reflected that perfectly.
We need to review Dave Pigeon (Nuggets!) soon.