Mr Men author opens Kingston’s Children’s Literary Festival

The author of the Mr Men and Little Miss books opened Kingston’s second annual Children’s Literary Festival on October 25.

Adam Hargreaves, son of the late Roger Hargreaves, original author of the Mr Men books, opened the festival with a storytelling event involving his newest creation Molly Mischief.

A spokesperson for Kingston First, the organiser of the festival, said that they were “so excited” for this year’s festival and the line-up of authors attending, including Adam Hargreaves.

Since his father’s death in the late 1980s, Hargreaves has written the Mr Men and Little Miss books but, has now branched out and written his first book, Molly Mischief, outside the Mr Men series.

Hargreaves said that inspiration for Molly Mischief came from his daughter, in whom he saw  “a mischievous girl who is clever, brave and wants to do whatever she feels like”.

Kingston First, an organisation which brings together events and initiatives across Kingston, originally set up the Festival to celebrate children’s literature through activities with many authors of popular children’s books, focusing on the three to eight age range.

The other authors who attended the event were Timothy Knapman, Jonathan Joly, Ross Montgomery, Zehra Hicks, John Dougherty, and  writer-illustrator duo Doodles and Scribbles.

 

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