The man below clocked me drawing him immediately:
I didn't show him the sketch, since I wasn't sure he approved, but I showed the brother and sister in the notes. The little girl got out some colouring pencils of her own, so I dug out one of my bookmarks for them: another of those nice little experiences with strangers.
At the end of the song, I always ask if there is anyone who can help me with the last verse, by doing some really foul burping. Normally it's one of the boys, occasionally a girl, but never before has it been the Head! I have to say, she was magnificent, playing her part with aplomb (if through embarrassed giggles).
I spent the bulk of the day with Y4, talking about my work, then getting them designing characters. After lunch I helped them build illustrations around their characters.
Then we tried something new again: children volunteered to stand up and spin stories around their illustrations. I used to think children would be too self conscious, but actually they are all desperate to be chosen.
One new idea came from Mrs Thomas: when it came to writing things down, we used post-it notes instead of regular paper. This broke it into manageable pieces, but also meant we could juggle about different aspects of the stories.
We finished off with the whole school in the hall again, but with some parents as well this time. I read Stinky! so I could have the fun of getting the whole school to be flies.
After some book-signing, Mrs Thomas whipped me back to the station. Everything was fine, until I got to Stockport...
The funny thing was, to pass time while waiting on the platform, I checked my phone and... there was an email from the man I had drawn that morning! He couldn't have been upset with me after all, as he'd spied out my name from the bookmark I'd given the children, then gone to the trouble of looking me up, all so he could ask to see the picture I'd drawn of him! How nice.