‘Dream come true’ for Gruffalo fans

Downsbrook Primary School pupils loved meeting top children's author Julia Donaldson

Downsbrook Primary School pupils loved meeting top children's author Julia Donaldson

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Top children’s author Julia Donaldson joined pupils at Downsbrook Primary School for an afternoon of storytelling, drama and singing.

Mrs Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, Stick Man and Room on the Broom, and a former Children’s Laureate, went along with her husband Malcolm to entertain the children with stories, songs and poems.

Mrs Donaldson and her husband Malcolm entertained the children with stories, songs and poems

Mrs Donaldson and her husband Malcolm entertained the children with stories, songs and poems

She later signed copies of her books, including her new picture book The Detective Dog. Excited children and adults queued for up to two hours to meet the author and ask questions about her much-loved characters.

Year-two student Belle Rapps said she loved meeting the author: “She’s my idol. It was a dream come true.”

The event was organised by the school’s librarian, Mrs Elizabeth Peters, and sponsored by Steyning Bookshop, which took along a fantastic array of Julia Donaldson’s books.

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