Yesterday morning (Saturday 19 November) found me, in the company of my two youngest daughters, sat on the floor of Waterstone’s in Portsmouth.
Wedged into a corner of the children’s section, my back against a giraffe height chart, surrounded by excited and expectant children, we had the pleasure of experiencing Neal Layton reading and drawing from his latest book,’The Invincible Tony Spears’.
In just half an hour we met Tony Spears,
found a spaceship in the most unlikeliest of places,
blasted in to space with Tony
and met a Squggle! (Pronunciation guide in the book).
A gently spoken man, Neal quietly engaged his audience, young and old, with questions on their knowledge of space, making them giggle with his gentle humour and ensuring they all felt involved.
We came away with a signed copy of the book.
As an aside, the book is dedicated to Tim Peake and Major Tom.
Neal is a hard working writer and artist who has illustrated books for Cressida Cowell, John Hegley and Michael Rosen, amongst others.
You can find him at http://www.neallayton.co.uk