From Disneyland to Space

The half-term holidays were out of this world for the kids who attended my readings for King Billy and Royal Road last week at Leytonstone and Walthamstow libraries in East London.

We started by talking about the one thing we would wish for most if we had the chance.

One said a car, another a monster and one other wanted to go to France, which on further probing, I discovered really meant Disneyland, Paris!

It was interesting hearing the children’s thoughts and I explained to them that Billy in the story would’ve probably answered in one word: cake.

But would that make him happy?

We read some chapters from the book and I asked them again what their one wish would be.

It was fascinating how their responses changed, becoming more expansive and deeper as we considered how Billy’s feelings changed through the story.

The child who said they wanted to go to France decided instead that they wanted to go into space, which I thought was quite a transformation!

We then tried to write a poem using the same rhyming scheme as King Billy.

Turns out we had some budding wordsmiths in the audience, with my Leytonstone kids coming up with this (which made everyone laugh):


As some rock ‘n’ roller once said, you can’t always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need!


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