Laura James

The Little Bookeater interviews… local children’s author Laura James, who lives near Bath with her dogs Florence and Brian. Laura is running the Fabio the Flamingo Detective session at Wokingham Children’s Book Festival on 21st if October.

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

It’s so difficult to pick one but it would probably be Matilda by Roald Dahl.  He was always my favourite author when I was a child.  I loved Matilda because of her special powers and because she was a fellow bookworm.  Miss Trunchbull is also an excellent baddie!

Paddington, Winnie or Rupert?

Paddington (then Winnie, then Rupert!)

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

Oh, that’s a tricky question.  Maybe a horse because they’re clever, compassionate, beautiful and I love how they can run and jump.  I think that would be fun.  Are you asking me if I can neigh convincingly?  Because the answer’s  ’no’.

Best place for ice cream after lunch?

Well, I think the best place to eat ice cream is near the sea.  Is there a rule that you have to eat ice cream after lunch?  Are you telling me ice cream for breakfast is wrong?

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

I usually start off reading and sunbathing then I nod off and it just turns into sunbathing.  I love swimming in the sea (although you didn’t put that on your list).  I’m always convinced I’ll be eaten by a shark but I give it a go anyway.

What is the yuckiest thing you can think of?

Disturbed dog poo.  That awful moment when the smell hits you and you look down and you’ve trodden in it.  Yuck!

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