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Gremlins and poetry?! Yes! A very active and fun-filled storytime Sunday!

This Storytime Sunday was so much fun and we thank you all for coming. If you’ve not yet been, don’t miss out. Here’s a little round up of the days events!

We began the day with creative duo, Charlotte Cooke and Coral Rumble, makers of The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat – a new take on the original poem by Edward Lear.

Charlotte and Coral montage

This book is beautifully written and illustrated and just like the two children in the story, it allows the reader to take part with wonderful words and imagery. After the reading, Coral and Charlotte used animal masks and face paints to create new poems and ideas, encouraging the children to have their own input which was a great way for everyone to join in the fun!

This was a super interactive story time, with creative poetry, games and songs. It was great to see so much audience participation with parents joining in, and our emporium was fit to bursting with so many children, full of the joys of spring thanks to some lovely weekend weather!

As word spreads, our storytime events are becoming busier, so make sure you go to our events page to book your place for the next one.


We spent the afternoon with Chris Chatterton who recently illustrated the vibrant and interactive lift the flap book Supermarket Gremlins by Adam and Charlotte Guillain.

This book is so eye-catching and it draws you in with vivid colours and the very naughty but extremely cuddly looking gremlins! They are hiding all over the supermarket, making shopping so much less of a chore for children!

Again, this was a lovely afternoon filled with creative interaction for the kids – learning to draw gremlins, and being able to cuddle the cheeky little Gremlin toy, made by Chris’ very talented Mum!


If you’d like to book either artist for illustration work, please contact out agents for more details. For Charlotte Cooke please contact Nicky Lander: and for Chris Chatterton please contact Arabella Stein: arabella@brightgroupinternational.

We always have books available to buy on the day, with the added value of having your copy signed with a personal message by the author and/or illustrator (as demonstrated below!) It’s a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning with your kids and it’s free! 

STS Montage 3-1

Thanks to all of you who attended, it’s great to see our little community growing more and more at each event.


Our next storytime is on Sunday 17th April from 10am – 12.00pm with the fantastic Tom Knight and his new book Good Knight, Bad Knight. Book your place here.

We look forward to seeing you!