Reading Festival: Gemma aged 7 loves to feel part of the story!

Gemma is aged 7, in Year 3 and goes to Adventure School in Whitby, Porirua. Like Gemma, I love Joy Cowley’s Just One More! And my girls and I read Going on a Bear Hunt a thousand times, maybe a million! OH, and I love the poetry of Shel Silverstein too. What fabulous answers Gemma.

What books did you love when you were little?

All the Hairy McLary stories.  And Going on a Bear Hunt.

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Did anyone read to you?

All the time – Mum, Dad, My Grandparents

Where is your favourite place to read?

In bed.

What do you like about reading?

I love getting lost in a book and feeling like I am part of the story.

Do you have a favourite book character?

All of the Secret Seven.

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Do you have a favourite author? What do you love his or her books?

Enid Blyton is my favourite, because she writes lots of different kinds of stories, and so many of them to read!

Has a book ever made you sad?

Yes – believe it or not Puff the Magic Dragon was so sad for me!!!

Has a book ever made you happy?

Yes, I love happy endings.

Has a book ever made you laugh out loud?

Oh yes – recently Andy Griffiths, the 39 Story Treehouse

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What kind of books do you like and why?

Every kin of book because I just love to read anything, anywhere, anytime.

Do you have a favourite illustrator?

Quentin Blake

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Have you ever read a book and hated the ending (I have!)?

Not really.

Has a teacher ever read you a cool book? What did you like about it?

Yes – The BFG.  Loved it because it was crazy and fun.

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If you were stuck on a desert island what three books would you take?

Bear Grylls – Born Survivor

Enid Blyton – Secret Island

Joy Cowley – Just One more

Do you like reading New Zealand books? Do you have a favourite NZ author?

YES OF COURSE!  Joy Cowley is my most favourite.


Do you like reading poetry? Do you have some favourite poets? What do you like about them?

Yes.  I like Shel Silverstein because he has an amazing imagination.

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Do you like to visit the library? What do you like about it?

Yes – silly question!  I like all the books, its like a dream come true!

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