You may or may not know that the fantastic Open Very Carefully by Nicola O’Byrne and Nick Bromley, has been chosen as this year’s Booktrust ‘Booktime’ book. It’s fair to say we were pretty thrilled in-house. And Nicky said…
“The books I read as a child have stayed with me my whole life and I’m so very excited that Open Very Carefully has been selected for Booktime. The thought that a book I had a part in creating will kickstart a generation of new readers makes me immeasurably proud. I’d like to thank Book Trust for this incredible opportunity; it is my hope that the children receiving this book will love reading and stories as much as I do.”
Well, today I attended a filming session for ITV news at Wix Primary School in Clapham – and, Nicky, I can report back that THEY DO!
Filming for news pieces often takes quite a lot of footage, for what might not be a very long feature on the news. And it’s fair to say that, however brilliantly efficient Lauren at ITV was – and she really was – the children did have to hear the story a few times. But, to gladden my heart, whenever it was announced that the story was to be read out again, there was a cheer! And a few ‘We LOVE this one!’s, too!
It was one of those days where everyone shone. Everyone did what they did brilliant. Emily ‘The Book Fairy’ read the story brilliantly. The teachers controlled the children brilliantly. Diana Gerald of Booktrust gave an brilliant interview. Harriet from Booktrust ran everything brilliantly. And the children’s enthusiasm? BRILLIANT. Of course.
My thanks to Booktrust and Wix Primary School for having me along for such a fun morning – and I hope EVERYONE loves their Booktime copy of Open Very Carefully. Open it – I DARE YOU!
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