Kids events

This article is from 2008

Kids events

Anne Fine

Getting arty and yucky, all in the same week

If you suffer from Crayola on the carpet and finger-painted furniture, The Big Picture Event (24 Aug) should be the destination of choice for your little ‘uns. Chairman and Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen leads an exquisite event of drawing and stories with Polly Dunbar (Dog Blue), David Lucas (Whale) and Catherine Rayner (Augustus and his Smile). Your soft-furnishings can rest in peace – for an hour.

Another delectable treat this year is Angelina Ballerina’s birthday party (21 Aug) and, my, she looks good for her 25 years. If this all sounds too nice for your little horror, then head to Yuck’s Big Show with Matt & Dave, for jokes aplenty and the chance to win a Yuckiness Certificate of Distinction. Two of the daddies, or rather mummies, of literature make a kids-friendly appearance at the Book Festival this year: Poet Carol Ann Duffy reads aloud from The Tear Blankets and The Princess’ Blankets (23 Aug) and Anne Fine talks inspiration and ideas (24 Aug).

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