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Danny Wallace

Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Age group: 6-8, 9-11

What would YOU do if the whole world just stopped? Comedian, writer, actor and author Danny Wallace shares his wonderful debut children's book Hamish and the Worldstoppers with Authors Live. Hamish is a kid who lives in Britain’s fourth-most boring town- Starkley. But Starkley gets very exciting one day, when Hamish notices that the whole world has completely and utterly stopped. Everything stops – except him.

Tune in to hear Danny share some stories of Hamish's world and his encounteres with his mortal enemies The Terribles!

A full transcript of this event is available to download.

If you only do one thing

We know time is tight, so here is just one activity you could do with your class before or after watching the broadcast.

Make a flip-book animation EXA 2-05a, TCH 2-12a

Ask your pupils to have a look at the raven and clock illustrations at the bottom of each page in Hamish and the World Stoppers. Do they notice anything about them? If you flick through the book the illustrations make a flip-book animation!

Making a flip-book animation is very simple. You can use a pack of post-it note and some pens, or cut up white paper to make your own booklet. There are lots of videos online demonstrating how to make a simple animation, such as a stick man waving or a bouncing ball. Once your pupils have got the hang of making flip-books they could have a go at animating their own character or scene like we see in Hamish and the World Stoppers!

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