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Letter from an author – Laurence Anholt – Stone Girl Bone Girl

As we were have been reading Stone Girl Bone girl and learning lots of things about Mary Annings we decided to write a letter to the authors of Stone Girl Bone Girl (Laurence Anholt). We were so lucky because he decided to write us a letter back. Here is the letter he wrote us and the letter we wrote to him below.
Dear Friends in Year 3 at Our Lady’s and St Joseph’s School,
Thank you for your lovely message. It’s great to know that you enjoy our books. You asked lots of interesting questions…

How many silly stories have you made?

Believe it or not. I have lost count. I think it’s somewhere between 30 and 40. The Seriously Silly Stories are written by me (Laurence) and illustrated by my friend, Arthur Robins. We’ve just finished a new series called the Scary Fairy Tales, which are also funny versions of traditional stories, but they are full of ghosts, zombies, skeletons and other silly and scary characters. I have attached some of the new covers below.

How old were you when you wrote your books?

Catherine and I started making books when our first daughter was born – that was thirty years ago. We’ve been doing it ever since.

 How did you find the imagination to write and illustrate your stories?

I think it’s just practice, but I promise that if I locked you in a room with a blank piece of paper and a pencil and told you that you couldn’t come out until you had thought of ten brilliant new ideas for books, you would find the imagination too!

Do you have any siblings?

Yes, I have two brothers and a sister and Catherine is one of eight siblings. All of our siblings have children of their own, so that means we have some very big family get-togethers!

Do you have any pets?

Well this is a bit sad – our lovely cat died last year, but he was very old. So we don’t have any pets at the moment… but, we live in the wild countryside surrounded by wildlife, so every day we see deer, foxes, badgers, buzzards and all kinds of amazing animals. Also we are lucky enough to have some wildflower meadows where we have bee hives too.

We know that you have twins. How old are they now?

Yes, we have three children – our oldest daughter Claire is 30 and for the United Nations in New York. She does amazing work with climate change and Human Rights. She is married to a lovely Frenchman. Our twins are 27 – Maddy is an actor, writer and radio presenter and she lives in London. Tom is an artist in Berlin and his wonderful paintings sell in galleries in Germany and Denmark. They are amazing young people and we love them to bits!

How do you make up jokes for your stories?

Again it’s just practice. If you spend all day pushing words around, it just becomes a habit. The main thing is to have fun when you are writing or drawing. if you enjoy doing it, the books should be fun to look at too.

What kind of paint do you use?

We use watercolours, inks and crayons. But Catherine and I each have a studio filled with wonderful artists’ materials.
Now you know all about us and you can find lots more information at our website.
Finally you asked if we ever make school visits? I am very sorry to say that after more than 25 years of taking part in book events in the UK and abroad, Catherine and I have decided that we need to take some time out because we are so busy with new books. It’s a shame because we love meeting all our lovely readers but sadly there just isn’t time to do everything!
We send our very best wishes to you all and hope you will carry on reading, writing and having loads of fun at school.
With all best wishes from,
Laurence Anholt x


On 4 Feb 2015, at 9:25 am, Jan <> wrote:
Hi there,

Thanks for your getting in touch. I’ve passed your questions on to Laurence and Catherine and they will respond as soon as they can.
All best for now,
Jan Turner

(On behalf of Catherine and Laurence Anholt)
Double Gold winners of the Nestlé Smarties Book Award

Visit the Anholt website… 

Connect on Twitter: @LaurenceAnholt

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On 3 Feb 2015, at 11:10 am, Isaiah class wrote:

Dear Laurence and Catherine Anholt,

Year 3 have been learning about your interesting book. Our class have been learning lots of interesting things about both of you. We have read one of your books called Stone Girl, Bone Girl. We know that you have made some Silly Stories and you have written 200 books. I think your books are amazing. How many silly stories have you made?

We enjoyed the part where Mary Annings and her dog found the sea monster. We liked the bit where Pepper made the necklace for Mary. Also we thought the bit where Mary got struck by lightning was really cool because she survived. It was lucky that at the end Mary and her mother were no longer poor.

How old were you when you wrote your books? How did you find the imagination to write and illustrate your stories?  Do you have any siblings? Also how do you get interesting facts from other people? Do you have any pets? We know that you have twins. How old are they now? How do you make your pictures so interesting?  How do you make up jokes for your stories? Your pictures were colourful and lovely. What kind of paint do you use? Catherine you had some beautiful pictures of trees.

We are really interested in authors so can you come and visit us to maybe write one of your brilliant stories with us. We are in Our Ladys and St Joseph school which is in Poplar. If you come can you please make a picture for our class

Your sincerely,

Isaiah class

Year 3

Our Ladys and St Joseph.

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