John Dougherty is our Patron of Reading. When he came to see us last week, it was the best day of the year. He sang silly songs and made our day much happier. It was a real treat for us to work with him as he made us laugh so much. We wanted his visit to last forever.
He came and did an assembly first of all and read us some of his new book which is called Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers. It was very funny. He then sang us some songs and talked to us about which books he liked. He told us a poem too but I can't remember that so well.
He then went to all the classes and talked to them about reading. He knows lots of famous authors like Helena Pieilichaty who is our class author of the term. He said he was very proud to be our Patron of Reading. When he was in 4JB he sang a song about pants. My face went red when he sang it.
The next day he did another funny assembly and sang a song about needing to go to the toilet. Some parents came to watch the assembly and they laughed at his songs too. He then said why everybody should read lots of books. He gave out prizes for the Spooky Story competition and also for the John Dougherty Reading Trophy. There were two winners, a girl from Year Three and a girl from Year Five. We had 150 people vote on who they thought should win it. Lots of the teachers nominated children too.
After that he did some selling books and signing them in the library. We could choose what colour pen we wanted him to use. When John had to leave it was an awful sight and we nearly cried because of it. We want him to come again soon.
Here are some quotes from some adults:
"It was a fantastic experience for the children to work with a real author. They loved it!" Mr Edge
"John Dougherty was the best author I have ever seen in a school!" Mr Arden