Steve Cole on the Book Week Scotland Road Show

When their head teacher failed to turn up for school on Monday morning, pupils at Aberfoyle Primary School were not particularly worried. That is, until they found a letter saying that she had been abducted by aliens and a brain-eating clone had been sent to school in her place!

The pupils had 6 hours to complete challenges in order to rescue their head teacher and save themselves from destruction. Luckily by the time Steve Cole arrived the next day with the Book Week Scotland Road Show, Mrs Barwick had been safely restored to her office, the only evidence of her terrible adventure being the 'alien wanted' posters and designs for alien defeating mutants which pupils had created to foil her captors.

Strange occurrences are not unusual when on the road with the fantastic author Steve Cole.

These strange occurrences are not unusual when on the road with the fantastic author Steve Cole. Steve travelled the length and breadth of Scotland with the Book Week Scotland Road Show, visiting primary and secondary school pupils in six different local authorities across the country. On his travels he was confronted by a dinosaur takeover, riddle solving spies, gadget designing whiz kids and quite a few awe inspiring book wolves!

Steve’s brilliant primary school events focussed on the hugely popular Astrosaurs and Cows in Action series. He held primary audiences captivated with his wonderfully silly comic stylings, and was asked on more than one occasion if he were in fact a children’s comedian. Pupils were left buzzing and brimming with ideas for their own stories – what does your pet guinea pig get up to when you leave the house? Have the contents of your lunchbox been bitten by a vampire? Is your granny actually a crime-fighting superhero?

What does your pet guinea pig get up to when you leave the house? Have the contents of your lunchbox been bitten by a vampire? Is your granny actually a crime-fighting superhero?

Senior pupils were some of the very first to hear Steve talk about Shoot to Kill, his gripping new addition to the Young Bond series. These sessions brought the history of espionage to life, exploring spy technology, supercars and brilliant gadgets from the 1930s to the present day. Pupils had the chance to prove their own 007-like qualities by solving riddles and doing some target practice with a sharpshooting nerf gun.

A huge thank you to Steve and to all of the brilliant schools we visited during a jam-packed week of very special author events to celebrate Book Week Scotland!

Check out these brilliant learning resources to accompany Steve Cole's books for primary and secondary pupils.

Have a look at our photo gallery from the week below: