James Nash writes:
I didn’t tell my dog I was going to the
launch of the latest Florence and Jem book at the impossibly cute Meanwood
Institute. Jem had come to his birthday
party in December and he really likes Florence.
Instead I sat among the audience on my own while the latest story was
read on stage by Rick Neild to many children and all of us slightly, misty-eyed
adults. A lovely tale about the wooden
dragon in Meanwood Park, it kept us enthralled while Jem pushed up and down the
rows of chairs amongst his many fans, keeping a watchful eye on the table laden
down with delicious home-made cakes.
|Jem and Ric Neild|
For me the book has everything a truly brilliant children’s book should have, a good story, characters I like and a strong sense of place; [it’s always a thrill to find mentions of parts of the city you live in]. And last but not least, with its lovely illustrations by Clare Morgan and its terrific story-telling, it’s as clearly entertaining for an adult to read out aloud as it is for its young audience to hear.
I loved the whole event.
Great setting and really enjoyed the reading. Reader was very good.
Really well organised, friendly atmosphere. Great cake!
Glad there is a sequel to Whale in the Woods. Lovely reading
Fantastic book. Great atmosphere. Looking forward to the next!
Very well attended event. Kids loved it - good reader
Organised and well run
Excellent presentation and lovely book
Lovely event. It would be useful to include what time the doors open on the flyer in future. With kids it helps to hone a window of arrival time.
A lovely event!
It's been lovely
Note: one feedback form had no writing on it just a drawing of a dragon!