Thum­ble Tum­ble

Fan­tasy foot­ball at book launch

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A squad of young read­ers and fans of foot­ball joined chil­dren’s au­thor An­gela Proc­tor at the launch of her new book called Thum­ble Tum­ble and the Ea­galach

Cup which is based on a fan­tasy ad­ven­ture set on Ar­ran with a foot­ball sto­ry­line.

The book, which is the third in the se­ries, was an ex­cit­ing new ad­di­tion for the chil­dren who fol­low the ad­ven­tures of Thum­ble Tum­ble and an op­por­tu­nity to meet the au­thor who has in­volved chil­dren in the se­ries through school vis­its, com­pe­ti­tions and var­i­ous pri­vate read­ings.

The launch in Brod­ick Hall last Satur­day al­lowed chil­dren to buy a copy of the new book and pro­vided them with fun ac­tiv­i­ties where they met some of the witches, wizards and char­ac­ters from the book.

Among these was a game of ea­galach (foot­ball), draw­ing and colour­ing and a quiz along with some sweet treats and choco­lates from a mag­i­cal caul­dron.

The latest in­stal­ment, which will es­pe­cially ap­peal to foot­ball fans, both male and fe­male, is loosely based on Scot­tish in­ter­na­tional foot­baller Robert Sn­od­grass who has been trans­formed into a kilted This­tle pixie in the book.

Au­thor An­gela chose Robert, cur­rently on loan at As­ton Villa, as a role model for her goal scor­ing This­tle pixie after see­ing him play in Malta and spend­ing time with the star and his team mates.

He was not at the event on Ar­ran but told the

Ban­ner: ‘It’s a strange but won­der­ful feel­ing be­ing im­mor­talised in such a lovely chil­dren’s book. I’m de­lighted be­cause not only do I hope it en­cour­ages more chil­dren to read books, but my own kids are big Thum­ble Tum­ble fans.

They are re­ally ex­cited about me ap­pear­ing in the book and have even been ask­ing me if it might be made into a film one day. In their eyes, that would make me proper fa­mous.’

At the event An­gela was met by a le­gion of fans who joined in the ac­tiv­i­ties, bought the latest book and even pre­sented the au­thor with ideas and sug­ges­tions for fu­ture books in the se­ries.

An­gela said: ‘I had a mag­i­cal day on Ar­ran for the launch of the third book in the Thum­ble Tum­ble book se­ries. I was thrilled to see so many chil­dren who al­ready fol­low the book se­ries and it was also great to meet loads of new Thum­ble Tum­ble read­ers too. I am al­ways over­whelmed by the amaz­ing sup­port I re­ceive from VisitAr­ran and the lo­cal com­mu­nity.’

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