Warm welcome for Stephan Pastis
A popular children’s author and cartoonist recently visited Castleton Primary.
Stephan Pastis, who pens the strip Pearls Before Swine and is the author of the Timmy Failure series of kids books, stopped by the school to talk to P4 to P7 pupils about how he creates his characters and stories.
The American author was warmly received by the youngsters.
Teacher Amanda Wright helped to organise the visit.
She said: “I’d seen the Scottish Book Trust advertise that he was visiting, and decided to apply to be one of the schools.
“We were delighted to be picked, and it was a really great opportunity for the school, as it’s not often you get an author from America over visiting - even the staff were quite excited.
“It was a really great visit. He showed them the Timmy Failure books and how he illustrates them, and also told the kids how to draw some of the most popular characters in the books.
“That was something that really interested the kids and got their attention.
“He talked a lot about his career, and how he’d given up being a lawyer to become a cartoonist and writer instead.
“It all really helped them with their imagination and creativity - he explained where he looks for his ideas and how he gets started, from having a morning coffee and doing a little dance before starting writing.
“I think the boys in particular were really impressed, because it can often be a lot harder to engage them with reading, and events like this can help with that.
“They were full of questions, too, asking things like why does Timmy in the books not have a mouth, so it caught their attention.
“We’re really grateful to the Scottish Book Trust for helping to organise it.”
The Timmy Failure series of books so far comprises three books, with a fourth due later this year.
The title character is the clueless, comically self-confident CEO of the best detective agency in town, or perhaps the nation.
Aided by his large polar bear friend Total and the Failuremobile ( his mum’s Segway) Timmy tackles a range of capers, bumbling his way through adventures .
A theatre adaptation of the first book, Mistakes Were Made, is due at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe later this year.
Pastis is perhaps best known for his Pearls Before Swine comic, a cynical look at modern life starring a naive Pig, a sarcastic Rat and an intelligent Goat.
It’s been published in over 700 newspapers worldwide, including the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Art attack American author Stephan Pastis on his visit to Castleton Primary
Writer stuff Stephan Pastis with Castleton pupil Fatima Nadeem