Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson signs books at Falmouth Bookseller
4:00pm Thursday 11th October 2012 in News
Children and their parents braved the wind and rain for a chance to have books signed by Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson last week.
The Children’s poet laureate was at the Falmouth Bookseller shop on Church Street alongside University College Falmouth graduate Rebecca Cobb, who illustrated her latest book, The Paper Dolls. The book tells the story of a string of paper dolls lost in a garden, confronted by a toy dinosaur and a crocodile oven glove.
At the front of the queue having their books signed by Julia, the author of more than 150 works, were Kate Marshall and her daughter, Isla, who had travelled all the way from St Agnes. Kate said: “We have had to wait some time, but it was worth it. Isla absolutely loves the books, we both do. We know most of them off by heart and they do make great bed time reading.
Lesley Seward and her son, George, had driven from Newquay for the signing said: “My little lamb likes the Gruffalo. “I read it to him before he goes to sleep and he pretends to be frightened and then hides under the duvet, just peeking over the top. They’re a great way to get your kids into books.”
Illustrator Rebecca used to work opposite the book shop until one day she showed her work to Ron Jon, director of Mabecron books. Ron said: “I was completely blown away by her beautiful and sensitive work, it is magical. And now the rest as they say is history.”
Her first commercial work was Pasties, a recipe book by Times columnist, Lindsey Bareham, and was then introduced to Helen Dunmore with the intention of illustrating The Ferry Birds also published by Mabecron books.