Chaulden Infants School bookworms learn eye-popping techniques from children’s author

Children's pop-up book author John O'Leary came to visit pupils at Chaulden Infants' and Nursery School.
Children's pop-up book author John O'Leary came to visit pupils at Chaulden Infants' and Nursery School.

Little bookworms at Chaulden Infants and Nursery School have been treated to a visit from a children’s pop-up book author.

John O’Leary, who has masterminded kids’ titles such as Pirate Treasure Hunt and Detective Paws, visited the school during Book Week.

During the visit, he worked with all the pupils in small workshops, showing them techniques and helping them to design and construct their own books.

School spokesman Julie James said: “John is an expert at paper engineering and in his books he creates amazing and surprising pop-ups.

“The children used words such as ‘ wow’, ‘amazing’ and ‘brilliant’ when they realised the pop up effects they had created themselves under his direction.

“The buzz of excitement from the children continued throughout the day and was enjoyed by all.”

Author John also illustrated a picture of a snake and monkey for the school’s main hall wall to mark his visit.