|A captivated audience - young and old(er)!|
|Me, Laura, Imran, Ian and Matt.|
Goodness knows what I'd just said, but Imran (Flick to the cloudies) looks ready to put me six feet under!
|Probably checking how to spell names for the dedication...|
|...and signing multiple copies for one guest.|
The kids enjoyed the activities we'd laid on to reflect some of the story titles - particularly the flying saucers for GR and the Little Green Man, which positively flew out of the dish. (They were the sherbet filled variety!) We collaged a picture of a teapot with red paper for GR and the Big Red Teapot, tried to guess the number of sugar lumps in a jar as Old Tom likes his tea sweet, had a look through a telescope for GR and the Blue-footed Twitterer, Mrs Fluffy and a violin made an appearance (GR and the Purple Potion) along with one of the Colonel's sunflowers from GR and Sunflower Saturday. I was gutted when I realised I'd left the marmalade at home! (GR and the Marmalade Machine) There were even some of Tom's sunshine roses on the food table (GR and the Black Shadow).
And the highlight of the afternoon? Having a chat with the real Granny Rainbow!
|My cover girl!|
I had the best time ever - and it was over by 4pm. Or so I thought...
Just before we headed into town for a celebratory meal out, I had a text from my mum saying how proud she and my dad were, that they knew I'd make it and she'd already read the whole book. She also said my granny would have loved listening to the stories too; Granny passed away some years ago, but I still remember the stories she used to tell me about 'Fifty Pairs of Brown Boots' (a caterpillar who had the most amazing adventures). Needless to say there were tears...
|Signing books for my mum - can you see the family resemblance?|
And then, just before I went to bed, my phone bedinked. (It's a technical term in the Squidge household for the noise my phone makes when a text arrives - 'bedink'!) Twice. The first text said 'Have now read on my own all of GR, brilliant book, you are there with Enid Blyton, fantastic xx'. The second read 'Fantastic stories, Katherine! Can't put your book down! Glad the launch went well.'
What can I say? More tears - happy ones.
Granny Rainbow is definitely on her way, and I am one very contented author.
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