David Walliams @ The Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne

It was an absolute treat to see David Walliams at The Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne along with lots of very enthusiastic children holding copies of their favourite books.


You could feel the excitement in the air as we waited for David to appear on stage to talk with Meshel Laurie. David Walliams is very tall. He has a rich, deep voice, a very proper English accent and is very funny!


David began by telling us that it is a thrill to write children’s books and a wonderful responsibility. He likes that books last a long time and that they can be treasured (and you can keep writing as you get old!). He believes he is very lucky that his books have been illustrated by Quentin Blake and Tony Ross who help bring his characters to life. David has written TV shows but he wasn’t sure he if he could write books. (I’m sure his readers are very glad he gave it a go!) Today, David Walliams is regularly called “The New Roald Dahl”. His favourite Roald Dahl book when he was growing up was ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.

Writing Tips….

David finds ideas anywhere and everywhere and always has a notebook handy to record his ideas

When he writes, David thinks of how he saw the world when he was a 12 year old boy

David says it’s a good idea to create a really good villain for your stories. The dreadful Aunt Alberta in Awful Auntie is his latest villain. We laughed out loud as he read how Aunt Alberta raised and trained her owl Wagner who is very much her ‘baby’ and they even wear matching pyjamas!!

 Did you know…

David Walliams’ own grandmother was the idea for his book Gangsta Granny

His character Raj is based on David’s own newsagent owner just up the road from him

David’s favourite book that he has written is Mr Stink. (He surprised himself that he could write a tender story!)

David has met the Queen four times. He doesn’t know if the Queen knows she is in his book Gangsta Granny!

David plays the Prime Minister in the Mr Stink movie

Mr Stink is coming to Sydney as a stage production in 2016

Fans of David Walliams will be very excited to hear that he is currently working on his next book about a boy who helps his grandfather escape from a high security old people’s home…sounds like another fun adventure to me!

Click on the books below to visit The World of David Walliams

Do you have a favourite book/s by David Walliams?

More adventures for Terry Denton’s crazy fish, Gasp!

The Year Four students have recently completed a Character Study of Terry Denton’s crazy fish called Gasp.

The Year Fours enjoyed listening to Gasp’s crazy adventures and have explored the ways Terry created humour in both the text and illustrations.  They also focused on the ways Terry draws Gasp and how he uses Gasp’s eyes, eyebrows, mouth and fins to convey his expressions and then practised themselves. After brainstorming possible titles the Year Fours then created their own crazy adventures for Gasp by designing a front cover with an eye-catching title, intriguing byline and they also wrote a short blurb for the adventure.  Here are a few of their front covers…

The 39-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

For  those of you who have been counting down for the arrival of The 39-Storey Treehouse your wait is almost over…

 It is coming out a little bit earlier during Book Week on Tuesday, August 20th…

On Andy Griffiths’ website it says…

Andy and Terry’s amazing treehouse has 13 new levels including a chocolate waterfall, a non-erupting active volcano, an opera house, a baby-dinosaur petting zoo, Andy and Terry’s Believe it or Else! museum, a not-very-merry merry-go-round, a boxing elephant called the Trunkinator, an X-Ray room, a disco with light-up dance floor, the world’s scariest roller-coaster and a top secret 39th level that hasn’t even been finished yet! 

Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!

Now they’ve added a chocolate waterfall I’m moving in…

Once Upon a Slime by Andy Griffiths

One of my priorities on returning to the LRC was to ensure I bought our copies of the much anticipated Once Upon a Slime written by Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton.

Once Upon a Slime

Take the Slime test to see if this book is right for YOU…

  1.  Have you ever wondered where ideas come from and how stories are made? 
  2. Would you like to know the true stories behind some of Andy and Terry’s books and characters? 
  3. Would you like to discover 45 great ways to have fun with words and pictures? 

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then this is definitely the right book for you!

Once Upon a Slime is filled with 45 fabulous ideas using examples from Andy and Terry to encourage you to play and have fun with words and pictures – speed writing, jokes, lists, excuses, quizzes, cartoons, creating super heroes and more.  You never know, YOU could end up being the next Andy or Terry!!

In his Introduction, Andy shares how he has always had fun with words and pictures and this led to him becoming a writer. Andy says…

“You don’t have to be a great artist – or a great speller – to be able to have a great time with words and pictures.”

So go on…buy or borrow this book and try some of the ideas  We’d love you to share with us what you do!

What a fabulous comic strip by Nathan in 3TM!