A big thank you to schools and bookstores that have opened up their venues for Icky, Yucky, Mucky!events over the last few months. The most recent author appearance for a reading of Icky, Yucky, Mucky!at the lovely West Wind school in Mumbai had a delightful group of children go EEEW! With rain pounding the pavements, the setting was rather perfect for an Icky story reading!
The American school in Mumbai was a similar delight with a wonderfully interactive reading. Every child had something to say, and most claimed to have an Icky, Yucky or Mucky person in his or her family and friends. The children also enjoyed quizzing the author on whether she remembered the text by heart since there were bits when she didn’t refer to the book during the reading. She luckily got the thumbs up after the children held the book in their hands and crosschecked whether the story was narrated verbatim! The reading ended with each child trying on the Maharaja’s turban.
Treasure Books in Bandra, Mumbai was another great venue for a reading and a splotch monster activity. With a full house here, it was lovely to have parents and children join in the fun and then browse the bookshop.
We’ve been burping our way through Mumbai and Delhi over the past few months now and have been delighted to have so many children join us at the readings everywhere. At the end of the reading, we often give the children an opportunity to create their very own Splotch monsters.
They get a paper with either a colourful splotch of paint or some body parts drawn in by the illustrator of the book, Anitha Balachandran. Armed with markers, crayons and a really big imagination, children have amazed us with the variety of monsters they’ve come up with! We caught a few on camera and have set up an online gallery hosted on the Icky, Yucky, Mucky facebook page.
Do click on the link above, browse, comment, caption…be amazed!