Au­thor’s visit wows school

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The ap­pear­ance of pop­u­lar chil­dren’s writer Oliver Jef­fers at Tawa School last week proved just as com­pelling as his beloved picture books.

The au­thor and artist of How to Catch a Star, Lost and Found and The Great Pa­per Ca­per vis­ited the school on May 8 as part of an Aus­tralasian tour.

The Belfast na­tive wowed his young au­di­ence in the school li­brary be­fore lead­ing a pa­per aero­plane con­test in the quad.

The win­ner, which came to a stop at least four me­tres from its de­par­ture point, earned its maker a picture of a tro­phy, drawn by Jef­fers.

At ques­tion time, the au­thor of nine pop­u­lar picture books said he hated choos­ing which was his favourite, but The In­cred­i­ble Book Eat­ing Boy was close to his heart.

Asked how long he had been writ­ing and draw­ing, he replied: ‘‘I’m 34 [years old], so that means I’ve been an au­thor for 32 years.’’

His ad­vice for bud­ding au­thors of chil­dren’s books was to let the pic­tures tell the story. ‘‘You should show, not tell.’’ His favourite books grow­ing up were by Roald Dahl and he was in­spired by the il­lus­tra­tions of Quentin Blake. His first book, How to Catch a Star, pub­lished in 2004, won crit­i­cal ac­claim and he has re­ceived nu­mer­ous awards for his other sto­ries.

Planes away: Pupils at Tawa School were keen to show vis­it­ing au­thor Oliver Jef­fers how far they could hurl their pa­per planes.

Telling tales: Oliver Jef­fers had the kids eat­ing out of his hand when he was telling his sto­ries last week, his Ir­ish ac­cent, re­laxed at­ti­tude and amaz­ing draw­ing skills keep­ing the kids en­thralled.

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