Monday, November 22, 2010

Bookaroo in the City (Day 4) : Introduction to the World of Graphic Novels

Have you ever fallen into the pages of a book and fallen off your chair laughing? Have you ever smelled the earth as you see the picture of rain falling on parched mud? Pratham Books brings you such magic in your world with books! Pratham Books is proud to present "Bookaroo in the City" across 22 schools in Delhi. And guess who all are coming? Anthony Horowitz, Cindy Jefferies, Paro Anand, Lian Tanner ....and many other exciting names from the world of books.

Jamie Mullick writes about the event conducted by Campfire Books...

On the morning of the 19th of November, the children of Maxfort School, Rohini were in for an early morning treat. Amidst the rehearsals for their annual day, they were greeted by a team from Bookaroo in the City from Pratham Books accompanied by Munendra Patankar and his team from Campfire Graphic Novels.

The students were assembled in the open stage to enjoy the warmth offered by the Friday morning sun. The activity planned for the day was for nearly 100 middle school children where the younger ones got to learn to sketch from, Mr. Lalit, a professional artist at Campfire. And the older children learnt the basics of writing in such novels from the writers. The result was an hour long charged up session which saw enthusiastic participation from the kids.

The students from 4th, 5th and 6th grade were given the theme ‘Race for Space’ to throw their imaginations at, while the students from 7th grade were provided with illustrated pages with blank speech bubbles to fill up and construct their own stories from.

The Principal of the school Mr. Sanjeev Jolly was present throughout the event and was extremely pleased with the activity. In his closing address, he was full of warm praises for the teams from Pratham Books and Campfire Graphic Novels for the BIC event. He also pledged further support from Maxfort School for any such endeavours in the future while urging the students to attend the book exhibition at IGNCA with their family and friends.

On days like these, it makes it makes all the efforts put for Bookaroo in the city worthwhile for us when we see such eager support in the events from the students and the school authorities. Even the Campfire team was pleasantly surprised when they saw their artists thronged by the children for tips on sketching. We look forward to meeting our new little friends from Maxfort School at the exhibitions.

View more pictures from all the 'Bookaroo in the City' events here.

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