Fun Read for Your Children; BIG BOOK BASH: Vox Pop
Byline: DEAN VALLER
UP TO 2,000 parents and children are expected to flock to this year's Coventry Big Book Bash during the half-term holiday.
The event, aimed at getting children interested in reading books, takes place at the Leofric Hotel, in Broadgate, on Wednesday, February 16, between 10am and 4pm, and is organised by the city council's children's librarians and backed by the Evening Telegraph and London-based publishing company Egmont Publishing.
Top authors at the day include: Caroline Pitcher, who will be talking about her novels, including Cloud Cat; Jamila Gavin, whose Coram Boy won the 2000 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; and cartoon duo Knife and Packer and Lydia Monks, official illustrator for World Book Day 2005.
The event is free and open to all Coventry children but those wanting to go to an author talk must organise tickets in advance by filling in a form on a flyer which was handed out at primary schools and is available in libraries.
AUTHOR Caroline Pitcher's Cloud Cat, features a character who can inhabit the body of animals and become them. Reporter Dean Valler visited pupils at Christ the King Infants School, in Scots Lane, Coundon, to ask them what animal they would be, and why.
"I WOULD like to be a dog because I have a pet dog and it seems like loads of fun because you don't have to go to school, you can go for really long walks, and play with your toys. I would prefer to be a little dog because they are cuter and cuddlier than big dogs and I think I would be more likable if I was a little dog."
Lucy Ryan, aged nine.
"A KITTEN because you get to sleep and play and if people annoy you, you can scratch them. …