Katrina Charman

The Little Bookeater interviews… local children’s author Katrina Charman, who lives near Wokingham with her husband and three daughters. Katrina is running the Historical Fact and Fiction session at Wokingham Children’s Book Festival on 21st of October.

What is your all time favourite children’s book, and why?

Ooh this is always a tricky question, because I love so many different books and authors. I think if I had to choose it would probably be either Matilda by Roald Dahl, because she is a book lover like me, or Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, because it is such a wonderful illustrated book and I love how the story is shown not only through words but through the pictures as well.

Paddington, Winnie or Rupert?

It has to be Winnie the Pooh. I have always loved Winnie and his stories in the Hundred Acre Wood.

If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why? Can you ‘talk’ like the animal?

I would be a cat because they laze around in sunny spots all day and get fed when they are hungry, which doesn’t seem like a bad life to me! I guess I can meow like a cat?! 🙂

Best place for ice cream after lunch?

I love the new cafe at Henry Street Garden centre. They do my favourite raspberry ripple ice cream with meringue bits inside and it is delicious!

Rockpooling, reading or running, sunbathing or sandcastle building? Which is your favourite beach and activity, and why?

Can I choose two? I would choose reading obviously because it is one of my favourite things to do, and every year my family and I go to Devon on holiday and we love rock pooling there. We don’t often find many sea creatures, but the search is fun!

What is the yuckiest thing you can think of?

Hmmm. I once saw a dog licking up a puddle of vomit from the ground. That was pretty yucky!


To find out more about the festival and the other authors who will be attending and to book tickets, click here