Top author makes his way to Weston-super-Mare primary school

PUBLISHED: 11:03 05 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:07 05 July 2017

Children's author Steve Antony with pupils Darren, Theo, Amanda and Ruby.

Children's author Steve Antony with pupils Darren, Theo, Amanda and Ruby.


An 'inspiring' author visited a Weston school last week after the students based an exhibition on one of his books.

Steve Antony decided to visit Bournville Primary School, in Selworthy Road, after finding out the children had created an exhibition based on his book The Queen’s Handbag.

His book has a host of exciting illustrations in it and takes the reader on a tour across Great Britain, celebrating its traditions.

In the story a swan steals the Queen’s handbag and she ends up chasing the bird all around the UK.

The children loved the story so much they decided to create giant models of the UK’s most iconic landmarks.

This impressive work was then sent to Mr Antony – who has enjoyed a huge amount of success, despite only starting his literary career in 2013 – so much, that he wanted to talk to the children about The Queen’s Handbag.

He also spoke about some of his other books and how he became an author and illustrator.

Mr Antony was working in a call centre back in 2010 but decided to finally follow his dream and leave office work behind.

It is no surprise Weston’s children were so taken by The Queen’s Handbag as it has been critically-acclaimed since its publication back in 2014.

It won the Oscar’s First Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize.

Two sequels have since been published and he even created a Shaun The Sheep sculpture, based on the book.

It raised an incredible £15,000 for the Wallace and Gromit Children’s Charity, and the book was adapted into a concert by the London Symphony Orchestra.

Thank You Mr Panda and Please Mr Panda are two of his most successful illustration books and the children were excited by his visit and got their hands on some copies of the books.

A spokesman for Bournville Primary School told the Mercury the students loved meeting Mr Antony and they should all be very proud of their exhibition.

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