Author’s visit was (un)dead exciting
by KAREN JORDAN
Frankie was a Big Fat Zombie Goldfish and somehow he’d hypnotised a deputy headteacher in Emmer Green to dress up in costume and lie on the floor.
This is not the plot of Mo O’Hara’s latest book but what actually happened at Emmer Green Primary School earlier this month. On Thursday, February 6, the popular children’s author visited the school in Grove Road to enthral pupils with tales ofhow she creates her colourful characters.
She encouraged them to act out some of the key characters from her My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish series, and even had deputy headteacher Aimee Crofts “splatted” on the floor dressed in full costume. In her interactive sessions with some 120 Year Three and Four pupils, Ms O’Hara asked the children to consider what if their pet had superpowers. This led to some fantastic suggestions including a flying pig, talking dog and laser-eyed cat, along with a number of other incredible creations.
The children also joined in the dressing up session, throwing themselves into character thanks to the costumes brought along by Mo. Ms O’Hara then signed copies of her books, and answered questions on her literary creations.
Miss Crofts said: “It was a brilliant presentation. The children absolutely loved it. Mo O’Hara was very entertaining and funny, and really made them laugh. She also really helped them to learn how to develop their own characters and write their own stories.” The visit was organised by Waterstones book store in Broad Street. The store’s school events coordinator Holly Workman said: “Great fun was had by all, plenty of books were sold and lots of happy children met Mo and chatted about their chosen pet while having their books signed. “Mo also offered the opportunity for pupils to write stories about their super powered pets and send them to her for feedback.” The author also visited Crosfield School in Shinfield Road.