Matty’s teacher, Mrs Green, known by all as the ‘meanest of the mean’ gets much more than she bargains for when visiting Matty and his mum for tea and cake. Hoping to tell tales on Matty, Mrs Green is thwarted by one disaster after another and… well, let’s just say her visit does not go to plan! A laugh out loud farce for children; this story is written in fast-paced rhyming verse and accompanied by fun and colourful illustrations.
Targeted Age Group:: 4-8 years
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have always enjoyed farce-style stories, where events spiral further and further out of control, with comic effect. I wanted to try writing a farce for young children. The scenario of the mean teacher coming to tea provided the perfect back-drop for my story to unfold. I guess you could say that the inspiration was the cheeky child buried inside of me, inside all of us!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Once I had the story idea, the characters were easy; a smart but sour faced female teacher and a cheeky young school boy. The illustrator, Emma K.L. Hunt drew the character designs brilliantly.
She throws the tea at the small cake fire
But the tea just seems to fly higher and higher.
I watch as the liquid whooshes through the air.
When it misses the cake we can only stare.
Mrs Green’s face stares in horror too.
There is absolutely nothing that she can do.
Ruth Whenham began her career as a freelance writer a short time before reaching her 40th birthday. To say it was something of a mid-life crisis would be absolutely true! A graduate of Human Psychology and a former employee of the National Health Service, Ruth now splits her time between writing, looking after her family (she has two children) and volunteering at her local Citizens’ Advice Bureau.
Ruth combines jaunty rhyming verse, humour and great characters to create stories that are entertaining for young children and for their parents alike!
To date, Ruth has published five children’s picture books; all of which have been illustrated by the talented artist, Emma K.L. Hunt.
Here is a brief summary of Ruth’s five books:
My Crazy Purple Pen – featuring a crazy purple pen (funnily enough!) and a whole host of other fun characters who get caught up in the magic pen’s cheeky mischief.
The Day My Teacher Came to Tea – a story about a boy who’s mean teacher comes to tea, and the farce that ensues.
Birthday Cake Disaster – a tale about a girl baking a cake with her dad, or at least trying to. It’s okay, the ending is a happy one, despite the title!
Captain Sillyvoice and his Pirate Band – a swashbuckling adventure featuring the very aimiable Captain Sillyvoice and his rather unusual crew. In this tale these awesome pirates find a way to have fun, be themselves and become a success on the high seas.
Captain Sillyvoice Takes to the Stage – the Captain and his crew return for another fun-filled adventure during which they find themselves up against the big and mean Captain Scaryscar in a singing competition. How will they and the other pirate stars of the show get on, and who will be crowned the Sea Shanty King?
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