Yesterday I went to talk about Furry Friends at the Beaver pack that all my children attended. We fired marshmallows round the hall (of course!) and finished off with making masks based on my Animal Stories. This particularly perfect puppy is Lottie – she’s actually a Cub, but she was helping out!
You can’t see, but the mask said “I love Holly Webb” on it, and Lottie had brought all her books to be signed too. I’ve never seen a more beautifully rolled neckerchief, either. My children’s always looked a bit like they’d been cleaning the floor with them…
Thanks to everyone who has sent photos of their gorgeous World Book Day costumes! I hope you all had an amazing day. And thanks to all the fab mums, dads and grandmas who helped create these beautiful outfits!
This is a fantastic Maisie Hitchins outfit, and she even has a case to solve – The Case of the Missing PE Trainers! Hope you found them!
Buttons the Runaway Puppy in a mash-up with Percy Jackson…
Here’s Martha as Misty the Abandoned Kitten!
And lastly, here is Katie as Amelia from The Winter Wolf. Katie and her Grandma Moira made this costume together, and it’s beautiful. They even managed to find a wolf to be Frost!
What makes it even better is that this is Katie’s second time dressing up as one of my characters. Last year she was Lotta from The Reindeer Girl.
Thanks everyone for sending me these gorgeous photos!
Don’t miss my World Book Week event on Saturday March 4th at Waterstones Reading!
Also coming up – I’m going to Ireland – twice! There will be events with Easons to celebrate Hounds of Penhallow Hall in April – more details soon. And I will be at a lovely festival in Ireland over summer half-term too.
I had a lovely event in Leeds a few weeks ago at the CarriageWorks Theatre, showing off lots of different animals, and how they’ve ended up in my books. Here’s Bryony, showing off two of her books. She wrote me a brilliant letter after the event to say thank you!
Come along and meet me at the Mumsnet Bookfest on Saturday June 25th at 10.15am. Hear about the animals behind the books, and take part in a kitten craft! Hope to see you there!
I’ll be reading from my books at Meadow Madness on Saturday 14th May, in Forbury Gardens, Reading. Meadow Madness is the opening event for Reading Children’s Festival, and it will be fabulous – with lots of briliant Roald Dahl events too! My events are at 11.30 and 12.15 in the Bandstand. There’ll be a chance to get your books signed afterwards too. Let’s hope it’s sunny!
Monday 15th February, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Chester Town Hall
Join Holly as she presents Sammy the Shy Kitten, the newest title in the beloved Animal Stories series. Find out all about the real kittens, puppies and other animals behind the books and take part in a craft activity based on the series.
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The Secret Kitten With Holly Webb
Sun 11 Oct 2015 10:00am – 10:45am
Find out all about the real kittens, puppies and other animals behind the books and take part in a craft activity based on the series.
Sequels To Classics With Kate Saunders And Holly Webb
Sun 11 Oct 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm
If you grew up loving classics such as The Secret Garden and Five Children and It, now you can explore the sequels. Return to the Secret Garden is the magical sequel to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s timeless story from bestselling author Holly Webb. Kate Saunders’ recent COSTA Award-winning novel, Five Children on the Western Front, takes E. Nesbit’s protagonists into WWI.
I spent a lovely weekend at the Hay Festival a couple of weeks ago, doing events based on The Water Horse, and my Animal Stories. This was the first time I’d done a Water Horse event (apart from a quick reading for World Book Day) and it was lovely – showing atmospheric photos of Venice, that make it look so full of magic, and then creating a new magical creature with help from the audience. I now have to write a book about a winged water-tiger who can stop time, and also create ghost children who can go to school for you! It was brilliant – such a lot of fab ideas.
I love doing events based on the Animal Stories, it’s really fun explaining where the stories come from. And then helping make kittens too! I’m celebrating the publication of The Secret Kitten, the 30th book in the series, so at events we’ve been making kitten hearts!
Possibly the best bit of the festival was Steph’s nails, though… The Kidnapped Kitten and the Abandoned Puppy, immortalised! Steph runs Kids Read Write Review, a fab programme that brings children closer to books.
My next event will be at Waterstones in Newbury, on Saturday June 13th, 11am. It’s part of the launch for the new shop!