Launching Electrigirl – party and events!

The week has passed in a blur! Last Friday, I spent most of the day with Cathy Brett (Electrigirl illustrator extraordinaire) and Cas Lester (author of Wilfred the (Un)wise) as we launched our books on an unsuspecting world! (actually, pretty much everyone WAS expecting it, because I’d gone on about it so much…)

The three of us spent the afternoon at Edward Feild School, making superhero masks and writing comic strips with Y5 and 6 – and then we went on to Blackwells bookshop in the evening, where over 150 people turned up to wish us well and buy copies! It was the most fantastic fun – and no sooner had I recovered from that then I was off on Monday to Bury St Edmunds, where I visited six schools over two days and got hundreds of kids making whooshing noises and acting out being electrons – and now, predictably, I’m ill! But that’s OK, because all the fun stuff is DONE and it went brilliantly, and now I have time to recover before the next round of events centred around World Book Day begins.

Below is a selection of photos from the launch at Blackwells – many thanks to Sarah Blizzard for being official photographer of the evening! And massive thanks to everyone who came and supported us – we felt very, very lucky.

Cathy Brett and me - and the cake! Three tiers of chocolate sponge with electric blue icing and flashing LEDs...
Cathy Brett and me – and the cake! Three tiers of chocolate sponge with electric blue icing and flashing LEDs…
...just like the cake Cathy designed for a blog post we wrote! Only ours had added stars and a Bag of Bees, to celebrate Wilfred (an apprentice wizard) too!
…just like the cake Cathy designed for a blog post we wrote! Only ours had added stars and a Bag of Bees, to celebrate Wilfred (an apprentice wizard) too!
Huuuuge pile of Electrigirl books - and our awesome banner, supplied by the lovely people at OUP!
Huuuuge pile of Electrigirl books – and our awesome banner, supplied by the lovely people at OUP!
L-R, Ally Nuttall (not realising she was in shot), author Katherine Langrish, my patient editor Kathy Webb, and author and great pal John Dougherty
L-R, Ally Nuttall (not realising she was in shot), author Katherine Langrish, my patient editor Kathy Webb, and author and great pal John Dougherty
Lots of people dressed up, including my friend Marie and her daughter Isobel!
Lots of people dressed up, including my friend Marie and her daughter Isobel!
Even my parents, always keen to embrace amateur dramatics, got electrified up!
Even my parents, always keen to embrace amateur dramatics, got electrified up!
I made a speech - with EXPRESSION, natch...
I made a speech – with EXPRESSION, natch…
Cas made a speech too (as did her editor, Naomi, standing behind her here)
Cas made a speech too (as did her editor, Naomi, standing behind her here)
Cas and I were really thrilled with how the evening went - hurrah for new books and fab friends!
Cas and I were really thrilled with how the evening went – hurrah for new books and fab friends!

 

Oh – and for a final laugh, you can watch me on That’s Oxford TV, trying to be coherent about everything…

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