Today I was honoured to visit Marlfields Primary Academy in Congleton to see the amazing plaster of Paris Poppy the porcupine that the children have made. The school were kind enough to sponsor The Problem with Poppy earlier this year, helping me to reach my Kickstarter goal, so they received lots of copies of the book in return. I was told by headmistress Sandie Isherwood that they loved the book, especially the main character Poppy – so much so, in fact, that they wanted to create their own Poppy, to sit proudly in their school reception area.

When I visited the school today, I was blown away by just how good Poppy looked! The Year 2 children spent three months making it, and I am very proud of them all for their hard work and creativity. I love the attention to detail – the resemblance to the Poppy in the book is remarkable – they have even re-created Poppy’s pose on the front cover. It’s brilliant. She will shortly be going for her finishing touches and will be getting treated with yacht varnish, which should preserve her for years to come.

A huge thanks to all the children and teaching staff that created this wonderful replica of Poppy – you really made my day and I can’t wait to come and read The Problem with Poppy to you all in the near future.