CHILDREN went wild for Julia Donaldson – the world-famous author of the Gruffalo.
The writer dropped in on Bromborough Library in Wirral yesterday as part her nationwide tour and was met by hundreds of youngsters from throughout the borough who were thrilled to see her.
The Children’s Laureate has penned more than 150 books and plays for children and teenagers but the Gruffalo is one of the author’s most famous.
Children from 10 schools throughout Wirral were invited to be in the audience.
During the event Ms Donaldson got the children involved in a performance on stage and spoke of the importance of libraries to British children.
She later signed some of her books and was treated to a performance of another of her books – Stick Man – by youngsters from St Andrew’s Primary School
St Andrew’s headteacher Vivien Woods said: “They really did enjoy the whole experience. The children came back buzzing. We were pleased to have been chosen to take part. It was a very popular event.”
At the end of Ms Donaldson’s visit children presented her with flowers and some Gruffalo cake, a reference to her popular book where the mouse overcomes being eaten by scaring the Gruffalo into thinking he will be the rodent’s meal.
Ms Donaldson said: “Libraries are very close to my heart and so is performance. This tour is my way of bringing the two together, by visiting fantastic libraries all over the country, enjoying children acting and singing and sharing my own stories with them.
“I want it to be a huge celebration of libraries and of the benefits they offer to communities and especially to children.”
Cllr Chris Meaden, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Leisure, said: “What an incredible performance! The children were absolutely enraptured by Julia’s reading and singing. Pupils from all of the schools got involved and dressed up as characters from Julia’s stories and songs.
“This was the first large event on Julia’s tour of Britain and I don’t think she’ll get a more enthusiastic response anywhere.”
Bromborough Library was chosen from hundreds of applications to be one of only 24 to be visited by the Children’s Laureate this autumn, along with St Helens Central Library.