Authors Live: Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Frank Cottrell-Boyce is one of the UK’s best loved and most celebrated children’s authors. Frank’s novel Millions won the Carnegie Medal in 2004 and was adapted into a film, for which he wrote the screenplay. Frank has been shortlisted for awards more times than it’s possible to count, and has even written an episode of Dr Who! 

He’ll be joining us on Authors Live to share his book Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth. You do not want to miss this hilarious event!

Date and time: Thursday 31 January, 11am-11-40am

Age: P4-S1

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Suggested Activity

For fun and engaging activity ideas, download the Frank Cottrell-Boyce learning resource. If you only have time to do one activity, we recommend 'reasons to save the world'.

Reasons to save the world

In Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth, Prez and Sputnik think up reasons to save the earth from destruction. All the things on the list have personal significance to the characters and are linked to happy memories. For example, Prez adds fish and chips to the list, as he used to sit by the river and eat fish and chips after a walk with his grandad. 

Create your own class list. You can either select ten things collectively, or increase the list size so that everyone in the class contributes something. As a group, create criteria for what goes on the list. Think about:

  • Is it an object, place or feeling?
  • What makes it special to you?
  • Do you have happy memories associated with it?
  • If an alien visited earth, what is the one thing you would want to show or tell him/her?

You could create a display of your class list and decorate it with photos or maps which link to the items on your list.

HWB 2-01a, LIT 2-02a, LIT 2-09a