Summer Reading Challenge Award Ceremony 2017

I was so pleased to receive my certificate and medal for completing this years Summer Reading Challenge. I promise i made the challenge last this time and didn’t read the six books in the first week. 🙂

As this years theme is The Big Friendly Read i decided to only read Roald Dahl’s books.

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Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday

When it’s Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday and you have a whiteboard in the house!

Mummy drew this absolutely awesome Roald Dahl themed picture to inspire me on this special day.

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We have lots of activities planned using Roald Dahl’s books- it’s so exciting! Happy Roald Dahl Day everyone!!

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As well as our own fun activities we also joined in with Puffin’s Virtually Live interactive webcast- genuinely one of the best book related platforms available.

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CBBC Awesome Authors

Today i went to Awesome Authors in Birmingham. There were lots of cool activities to do and most CBBC shows had their own stage. Many wonderful authors and illustrators were at the event.

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I’d been to Birmingham a few days before when i visited the Sealife Centre there and saw a big sign for the event- i’d booked my tickets well in advance but i took a photograph to share with my friends.

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I wore all my Blue Peter badges- Blue, Silver, Green, Purple and Sport! I picked a colourful jumpsuit and festival headband. I was ready to rock and read!

The first person i stumbled across was the best dressed man in television, Ben Shires. Mummy loves him, she thinks his style is cool! He was really nice and he gave me his autograph. We talked about his Tiepin Tuesday posts on Instagram- Mummy always likes to see what new pins he has and he showed me the one he was wearing that day, it was an ammonite. I was wearing one too!! I love Palaeontology and he said he thought for sure he’d be the only wearing one…. enter me!

Alex T Smith was there, he’s from Coventry too. He’s the writer of the Claude books. Jacqueline Wilson was there and had a huuuuuge entourage! I managed to sit in on a talk with Jeremy Strong- he was very funny! David O’Doherty was there to talk about Danger being everywhere.. “Oh no, he’s crushing the hipster!”

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This is me with my Daddy trying to see the stage- there were a lot of people there and it was sometimes hard to see! Blue Peter were about to be on and i didn’t want to miss a second of them live- i love Blue Peter!!

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While we were waiting, Radzi came out to sign people’s autograph books. He recognised me straight away, he was so friendly and chatted to me about reading, my challenge and appearing on Blue Peter. He got everyone in the crowd to cheer for me- that was pretty cool!

I enjoyed watching Blue Peter live, it was interesting to see them actually film the show in front of us. They filmed in two half hours sections, luckily i managed to catch both of them sandwiched around seeing Jeremy Strong. One of the records went out one day and then the second the next.

For the second recording i managed to get right to the front of the crowd and i had the beessssst view!

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It was a great event and i really enjoyed it, i hope they make it an annual event because i would go every year!

They encouraged us to bring books with us for a book swap but nobody swapped with me so i decided to re-read the book while i waited for things on the stage.

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Silent Night- Sleepy Stories

Silent Night ran a competition recently called Sleepy Stories. I was really keen to write a story featuring Hippo and Duck and got to work in my Literacy book post- haste!

I started brainstorming and realised quite early on that i wanted something quite sentimental as it was their 70 year anniversary. I wanted my story to revolve around the man who had started the company in the first place and have Hippo and Duck feature in there somewhere.

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Mummy even drew this cool picture on the white board to give me some inspiration.

You can read my story below:

A warm spring breeze pushes it’s way through the open window of Hippo and Ducks bedroom. Hippo is frantically brushing his teeth, he stops to rub his tongue along them to make sure that they are squeaky clean and admires the way they sparkle in the mirror.

Duck stretches out her feathers before she climbs into bed and waits patiently for Hippo.

Hippo rinses off his toothbrush and places it back in the pot. He switches off the bathroom light and dives into bed.

Duck whispers to Hippo “I’ve got some new pillows, they’re extra soft. I hope you like them.”

Hippo fluffs up his pillow and nestles into it. Duck climbs quietly into Hippos pyjama pocket and they settle down for a good nights sleep.

The clock rolls over to 10 o’clock, Duck is making snuffling snore sounds in Hippo’s ear.

In his sleep, Hippo turns over his new pillow and puff, they vanish!!

Mr Clark is sitting in his office at his new shop. It had been a busy few weeks setting up his new business selling only the comfiest mattresses. He had worked late every night this week and his wife Joan had kept saying to him, “Tom, dear, you work too hard. If you stay any later in that shop you’re going to start seeing things! You need to get some more sleep.”

This advice kept going around and around in his head, he yawned again for the fifth time and decided to call it a night.

As he walked across the showroom, he couldn’t believe his eyes. There in one of the display beds was a gigantic hippo wearing blue and white striped pyjamas with a little yellow duck in his pocket fast asleep and snoring.

He rubbed his eyes and looked again but they were still there and they continued to snore. Mr Clark realised that his wife had been right and he would start seeing things if he didn’t get enough sleep. He put on his hat and his coat, grabbed his briefcase and left.

In his sleep once again, Hippo turned over his pillow and they vanished from the showroom!

Mr Clark, now an old man, is rooting around for something in a drawer. His son is sitting in an armchair next to his Dad. “Ah, here we are.”

He thrusts a worn out piece of paper into his son’s hands. “This is what i saw in the showroom”

His son’s face lights up, he remembers his Dad telling him the story as a child. One late night when they had opened their first shop, he had seen a Hippo and a Duck sleeping in one of the beds.

“I can still see them, you know. Snoring away, comfy as you like” Mr Clark recalls.

“I think these are your icons Dad, this is your ad campaign, they found you!”

And that is the story of how a Hippo and a Duck became part of the silent night history.