I took along my Smudge mouse puppet too (made by my wonderfully clever mum - thanks Mum!) and read Smudge's Grumpy Day. This is by far my favourite of the Smudge & Stripe stories, as she gets in a right strop, making it good fun to draw on the flip chart and quite anarchic to read aloud. Children never fail to enjoy meeting Smudge in person (should that be 'in mouse'?).
Instead of having to traipse from class to class, I was in the hall all day, which was great because I could improvise a little display of my books along the PE benches, and tack posters (from my publishers) on the walls above. The extra space also meant I could do double classes, so no one got left out, plus drawing on the floor enabled everyone to create really big drawings. They did some brilliant ones too, based on Mr Strongmouse holding up crazy things (see A Day in Derby). I was really touched when one Y8 boy said, 'This is the best lesson I've had, ever!'