There’s been more activity at Alfie’s school. Last week it was Wacky Wednesday, this week it’s Book Week.
As part of the celebrations of Book Week, Alfie’s class enjoyed an excursion to the local library. At the library they were fortunate to listen to a talk from one of Australia’s most successful children’s authors, Duncan Ball. Duncan is well-known for writing the Selby and Emily Eyefinger series and Alfie has read many of his thoroughly enjoyable books. He talked to the children about being a writer, the importance of being a good reader and what to expect from his upcoming books.
After the excursion the children were asked to write about their experience of visiting the library. Alfie’s story made it into the school’s newsletter. I don’t think he’ll mind if I share it with you. (He won’t mind because he won’t know – we’ll keep this just between us!)
‘Yesterday 2B and I went to the library. When we entered the HUGE library we saw loads of books. (Oh, sorry, I‟ll get to the Duncan Ball part right now). So…we were walking down the carpeted floor then suddenly, not to our surprise, we saw Duncan, the Duncan, Duncan Ball, the guy who writes Selby and Emily Eyefinger (you know, the author). Anyway, it was cool. He told us a little bit of the latest Emily Eyefinger, then lots of other stories that he wrote. Then he told us where he was born and more about him and then we went back to school.’
His teacher told me Alfie is showing signs that one day he could be a great blogger!
But Book Week doesn’t stop there. Oh no. No, it’s back into the Costume Department that’s already under strain for yet another outfit and this time they had to come to school dressed as their favourite book character. Alfie has read almost the entire Geronimo Stilton series so of course wanted to go as Geronimo. ‘Yes dear, I’ll just walk into that spare room we have turned into the Costume Department and pull out the mouse costume’.
But I didn’t want to disappoint him because he’s an enthusiastic reader and loves his books and so wanted to be involved in Book Week so knowing I’m a dud when it comes to putting together costumes I took him to the fancy dress hire shop that we walk past on the way to school. Handy!
It’s just I left it a bit late and so most of the costumes had already been hired by the super-organised mums so not only was there no mouse costume, there wasn’t an animal costume left of any description. Of course there were hundreds of Harry Potter costumes but Alfie hasn’t started reading that series so had no interest in being a wizard.
He dithered about looking all confused while the woman politely informed us it was now closing time and that really, if he didn’t want to go as Harry Potter the only other costume she had was that of a soldier.
‘But I haven’t read any soldier stories’, said Alfie who was now looking deflated. And it did occur to me that we have a Toy Story book at home and some of the toys are army soldiers. ‘Alfie, how exciting! You could be a character out of Toy Story. How fantastic. And I bet you’ll be the only one with a soldier’s costume and look, it even comes with a gun!’
So Alfie became all excited and he tried on the costume and we hired it and then he had to patiently wait 48 hours before Book Character Day came around and when it did he was up early and dressed in his soldier’s costume and all ready for school an hour and a half before we had to leave the house. Exciting times.
And you would think that would be it for the costumes but no. No, we’re not that lucky. Carl and I have been invited to a birthday party on Saturday night. Great. Lovely. Really looking forward to it. But then I read the fine print on the invitation and it said, ‘Fancy Dress – Zoo Animal Theme’.
If anyone has a spare leopard or tiger or giraffe or elephant or lion or orangutan costume lying around, please email – we’re not choosy.