How to Train Your Dragon author visited Portsmouth school and the conversation was off the scale


Cowell visited Mayfield School and Mayville High School on Monday, September 12 to discuss his new book, What a way to anywhereand gave lucky students a signed copy ahead of the national release.

Students had the unique opportunity to ask the multimillion-selling author-illustrator questions about herself as a writer, where she draws inspiration from, and discuss her new work.

The event jointly organized by Portsmouth City Council and Hayling Island Bookshop welcomed children aged eight to 11 in years four to six, and as well as the two host schools, pupils from Kings Academy Northern Parade, Stamshaw Junior School, Copnor Primary School, and St Jude’s Primary School attended.

Cllr Suzy Horton, Cabinet Member of the Council for Children, Families and Education, said: ‘It was amazing to have such a talented author visiting our schools and engaging with children across the city.

“It’s a great way to encourage a love of reading in children, which will serve them throughout their lives. Reading isn’t just a hobby, it’s a tool to fight loneliness, a way to learn lessons, and helps us explore places and cultures around the world, from the safety of our homes. I want to say a huge thank you to Cressida and Hayling Island Bookshop for organizing the event.

What a way to anywhere is a fantasy novel where the maps children draw and redraw become real. This is an out-of-this-world new adventure series about modern magic, unlikely heroes, a sense of family, and how those who seem worlds apart might be more alike than they think. .

Cressida Cowell has sold over 11 million books worldwide in 42 languages. How to train your dragon is also an Oscar-nominated billion-dollar DreamWorks film series and a multi-season television series on Netflix, CBBC, Peacock, Hulu and Cartoon Network. Wizards of a Time is currently in development for screen by DreamWorks.

Authorship events are organized by the Portsmouth School Library Service, part of Portsmouth City Council. Events like this are just part of the council’s work to support Portsmouth’s 2040 vision of being a city rich in culture, creativity and lifelong learning.


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