Hello readers! Welcome, especially, to my new friends who are joining me, from the United Arab Emirates – the wild kids from Apple School International in Sherjah! I’ve just sent this clip from a school I visited in The Isle of Wight.
I am discussing Secret Two: Storytellers Must Notice Things. Then I have just noticed a boy in the third row, who looked like Harry Potter. “Are you Harry Potter?” I said. He said: “No!” Which (1) contradicted The First Rule of Storytelling (already established): “You Always Say Yes”, and which (2) made me look like an idiot. But then– just prior to this clip starting – a girl in the front row stuck her hand up and announced: “I am actually Hermione Grainger!” and she waved an imaginary wand at me!!!
(Oh, she stole the show like Beyonce! She got a huge round of applause!)
“If you are Hermione Grainger,” I said (delighted of course to be playing along), “what animal will you turn me into?”
And she said: “Pony…”
I love that clip! (Thank you to the wonderful teacher, who filmed the clip!) It has inspired me to ask you to set me my first challenge: You must nominate a strange animal, that I must slip into my show, next time I visit a school. (I’ll try and film it, to prove I’ve done it!) Plus… write stories yourselves, read books – but – whatever you do – please remember The First Rule of Storytelling which is: Remember To Have Fun.