Enchanted youngsters and their parents got an opportunity to meet an award-winning picture book duo.
Scores of boys and girls met illustrator Nick Sharratt and author Pippa Goodhart when they visited Seven Stories, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle, yesterday.
The sell-out event was held to celebrate 10 years of You Choose, a children’s book which has sold more than one million copies in a variety of languages.
It was the first time Nick and Pippa had taken part in an event together and they thrilled their audience with stories, games and an interactive drawing session.
Nick said: “It is wonderful to be at Seven Stories as I feel like I’m part of the family here as the staff are so lovely. It is very flattering that our event sold-out within 40 minutes. It is so nice to be able to share our book with children.
“I’m delighted that we are here to celebrate 10 years of our book, You Choose, and to share our latest collaboration, Just Imagine.”
You Choose encourages children to warm up their imaginations and gives them confidence to take the story wherever they choose – the possibilities are endless as every reading could take you on a different adventure.
The pairing of Pippa’s cleverly simplistic questioning and Nick’s beautifully detailed illustrations allows the reader scope to explore a world of possibilities.
Pippa said: “I remember when Seven Stories was first dreamed up as an idea, a long, long time ago when I worked in a children’s bookshop. I made a tiny contribution to the fundraising to build it, donating the fee I got for a story I’d written.
“Since it opened I’ve visited it twice, each time bowled-over by the wonderful exhibitions about children’s writers and illustrator heroes of mine. Now to be performing here is something very special indeed.”
Fans of the book were give the chance to get a copy signed to mark the 10-year anniversary.
Parents Jacqueline and James Johnson, of Ashington, Northumberland, attended the event with their children Evan, six, and Aidan, two.
Teacher Jacqueline, 36, said: “It is excellent that Nick and Pippa are at Seven Stories. By having them here it makes the book more real for the children.”
Mother-of-two Amy Trowell, 32, of Chapel House, Newcastle, brought her youngsters Alex, six, and Oliver, one, to the event.
The nursery teacher said: “Alex has always loved the book and goes back to it time and time again. It is great having Seven Stories and I have brought school groups here.”