Students pig out on books
Popular author takes time out to read tales from his hit series as part of month-long story time tour
THE students of Bennett Rd Public School, Colyton, have gone home with a renewed passion for reading after being treated to a day of storytelling with Aaron Blabey.
The award-winning Australian children’s author visited the school on Thursday as part of his month-long Book Week tour.
Blabey wrote and illustrated the Pig The Pug series, The Bad Guys series as well as a number of other illustrated books including one about a reluctantly famous pink unicorn called Thelma.
Year 6 student Sarah Sinno said the story time with Blabey made her want to read his books.
“It was really cool,” she said. “You could imagine yourself in it. I liked when he read Pig The Elf — it was interesting. I haven’t read that one or The Bad Guys.”
Student Katrina Dike said: “I’ve read Pig The Pug; it was really good. It was more interesting when he read it.”
Blabey has toured more than 200 schools and in- spired more than 80,000 children over the years, but he said some of his favourite memories were made in the schools in Western Sydney.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in Western Sydney,” Blabey said. “I really mean it — I’ve had some of my best experiences in Western Sydney. The kids are just so excited to
I’ve had some of my best experiences in Western Sydney. The kids are just so excited. Aaron Blabey
have something like this happen. I generally drive away from Western Sydney going, ‘That was really cool’.”
While Blabey said he enjoyed feedback from schools, he will be taking time off to work on new projects.
“I’m writing 15 new books all in a row and my series, The Bad Guys, we’re looking at turning into a film so that’s going to take up a bunch of my time,” he said.
Katrina Dike, 12, Aaron Blabey and Sarah Sinno, 11. Picture: Carmela Roche