Who’s Got Hoo’s Doughnuts?

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Anyone fancy a doughnut?

We went to Hoo’s Kids Book Fest Summer Day yesterday and it was packed with doughnut munching antics but you’ll need to read Steve Antony’s book Please Mr Panda, (published 1 Jan 2015 by Hodder Children’s Books) if you want to find out who really ended up with all the doughnuts.

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Hoo's Fest 2In a plush marquee amidst the beautiful surroundings of Luton Hoo’s walled garden, Steve Antony helped us draw our very own doughnut loving panda, revealed his (not so) top secret (now) sketchbook and gave us all a hidden insight into the pandemonium (sorry couldn’t resist) the Queen has caused across the UK looking for her handbag! (The Queen’s Handbag, due to be published 1 Oct 2015 by Hodder Children’s Books).

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Throughout the afternoon we bumped into several panda’s hidden around the garden as well as Professor Pango Mango, the wandering poet. We had a peek inside the storytelling caravan (run by the charity Beanstalk) then slipped into the creative tent with illustrators Livi Gosling and Josh Hurley for amazing maps and characters. Later we joined Vanessa Stone (Cut Paper Artist) in creating colourful pictures from sticky paper. A craft activity I would since highly recommend as I don’t think I’ve ever seen my boys so quiet before!

Hoo's Fest Paper Art

Oh and just in case there is any doubt, the character in the top right hand picture is Anakin Skywalker!

My eldest however had been waiting for the final event and luckily the spell bounding, interactive Harry Potter session packed with facts, games and songs and led by a lively, engaging entertainer, did not disappoint. He sat right on the edge of his seat for the full hour, clutching his much coveted, newly purchased Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince book by J. K. Rowling (new ed. published 1 Sept 2014 by Bloomsbury Children’s).

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You cannot beat a good book festival event for encouraging reading and providing additional depth to a story. So, sorry if anyone reading this got accosted by my youngest asking if they’d like a doughnut. He was wholeheartedly joining in with the interactive spirit of the day!

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CLICK TO BUY Please Mr Panda



CLICK TO BUY The Queen’s Handbag



CLICK TO BUY Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: 6/7 (Harry Potter 6)



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