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Nobber Library’s Children’s Book Festival is over for another year.  According to Imelda, the branch librarian there, it was the best festival so far!  All author visits were totally different from each other.  “In a world where children have the best of everything I was really impressed with their attention, interaction and courtesy to all the authors.  More of the same next year, please”.

Imelda said that “all events were entertaining for the children and us so-called adults. No two ‘author sessions’ were alike whatsoever”. 

First session was with author David Donohue – “the children loved his totally different approach with words and he engaged them throughout the visit”.

The Wolfling's BiteSecond session was with author and illustrator  Oisin McGann  or was it Annie Graves??– “the children were enthralled by his visit and I loved his encouragement for children to keep reading”.  Imelda reported a number of new visitors to the library that evening.  It’s great to see the author visit translating into new library members and a renewed interest in reading for pleasure. 

Next came Paula Leyden – “her life experiences were fascinating for the children.  They asked loads of questions and were very interested”.  Paula’s first book, The Butterfly Heart won the Eilis Dillon award for a First Children’s Book at the CBI Book Awards

Debbie Thomas’ creative writing workshop lasted one and half hours.  “I thought it would be difficult to engage the children for this length of time, but they were totally engrossed with her.   When she entertained a table of boys for that period it speaks for itself”.  “Many of the class expressed an interest in reading her book “Dead Hairy” after the workshop.  dead hairy

“I’m sure the children from Nobber will be writing books in the future”.

Thanks to Imelda from Nobber Library for this great report.

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“Dead hairy” author Debbie Thomas returns to Meath libraries tomorrow as part of Children’s Book Festival 2011.  She’ll visit Trim and Athboy libraries in the morning. 

These events have been pre-booked by local schools.

When Squashy Grandma’s teeth get stuck behind the radiator, Abbie calls the Very Odd Job Man. Matt Platt and his Even Odder daughter Perdita invite Abbie to the Hair Museum, where history has hairstyles and fish have beards. 

Drawn into a hair-raising hunt for Perdita’s mum Coriander, Abbie befriends Fernando, the heartbroken shrunken head of a Spanish conquistador, and Chester, a helpful patch of chest hair. But waddling in the shadows is a fiendish foe: the white-suited, lemon-haired Dr Hubris Klench. Abbie discovers that finding Coriander is one thing but saving the world from Klench’s ‘eefil doinks’ quite another. And who are those hairy hobos holed up with Coriander?
With kidnaps, kooks and creepy crooks, Dead Hairy is a crazy caper of laughter, love and lice crispies. This quirky tale, full of screwballs and pitfalls, will tickle children, parents and squashy grandmas alike.

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“Dead hairy” author Debbie Thomas visits Meath libraries tomorrow as part of Children’s Book Festival 2011.

When Squashy Grandma’s teeth get stuck behind the radiator, Abbie calls the Very Odd Job Man. Matt Platt and his Even Odder daughter Perdita invite Abbie to the Hair Museum, where history has hairstyles and fish have beards. 

Drawn into a hair-raising hunt for Perdita’s mum Coriander, Abbie befriends Fernando, the heartbroken shrunken head of a Spanish conquistador, and Chester, a helpful patch of chest hair. But waddling in the shadows is a fiendish foe: the white-suited, lemon-haired Dr Hubris Klench. Abbie discovers that finding Coriander is one thing but saving the world from Klench’s ‘eefil doinks’ quite another. And who are those hairy hobos holed up with Coriander?
With kidnaps, kooks and creepy crooks, Dead Hairy is a crazy caper of laughter, love and lice crispies. This quirky tale, full of screwballs and pitfalls, will tickle children, parents and squashy grandmas alike.

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