When the Juice organisers were looking around for a book to give the 2014 Juice Big Read title to, they didn’t have to look past their esteemed creative advisor.
David Almond’s celebrated book The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas was selected as the focus for a magical day of dramatic storytelling on October 28 at Newcastle and Gateshead’s main libraries.
The plot centres around a young boy called Stanley Potts and we travel with him as he faces some difficult stages in his life after he leaves everything he has ever known, via a hook the duck stall at the funfair.
Growing up, taking risks, getting a first job, becoming independent, finding your special talent, finding something that makes you happy, creating your own history and discovering the possibilities in life are all explored in the story.
Having read the book, I can confirm that there is much to be enjoyed for all the family. Children will enjoy the quirky characters and their comical behaviour, while adults will love the off-the-wall British humour.
With a mix of emotions, the book gives a positive and hopeful message to the audience and will leave you with the feeling that anything can happen in life.
Well, we all need a bit of positivity now and again, don’t we?
On the day you can pick up your own copy of The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas as well as trying your hand at circus skills and puppetry.
Anyone and everyone can attend the free events at Gateshead Central Library, Caedmon Hall, from 10am to 12pm and then at Newcastle City Library from 2pm to 4pm.
And parents, don’t be afraid to unleash your inner child and have a go too. You never know, you might even enjoy it more than the children. I won’t tell if you don’t!