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

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

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

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