By Sara Da Silva
The Manchester Children’s Book Festival were delighted to welcome Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre back to headline the 2016 festival with their enchanting and beautifully illustrated story – Pugs of the Frozen North.
There were no empty seats in sight as a packed lively audience of pug and book-lovers joined the session to hear Sarah and Philip talk about their wonderful story.
Philip and Sarah told the audience how they spent lots of time researching before starting this book, which involved spending lots of time hanging out with pugs!
They met the pugs which inspired the book at the Pug Welfare and Rescue Association, some came along to the Family Fun Day too!
Philip and Sarah brought the characters of the book to life with a passionate and interactive storytelling session. Alongside reading Pugs of the Frozen North, they invited the audience to help them to create a board game too, which started in Manchester and ended in the North Pole.
The event put children’s imagination to the test and the enthusiastic audience did not disappoint as they suggested characters for the game including an “avalanche of custard”, “a mad hair dresser”, and “candy falling from the sky”.
Next Phillip and Sarah enlisted the help of four volunteer scientists from the audience to help identify what each type of snow was and what it did. The four different types they invented included singing snow, farting snow, dancing snow and noodle snow. The scientists found that the singing snow made Philip sing and the farting snow made Sarah fart!
After this rewarding session, Phillip and Sarah met with families to sign books, chat about reading (and of course pugs!) and pose for photographs.
Oscar, aged 7, said, “The best bit was when we got to draw the pugs!”
The Manchester Children’s Book Festival runs from 24th June – 3rd July. Download the 2016 brochure for information on upcoming events.