Praise for spooky book written by 100 Norfolk primary school children for architecture festival
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It was named after a pair of socks, features a toilet seat covered in fancy cheese, and ends with a creepy cliffhanger. Welcome to an experimental book written by more than 100 Norfolk children.
The yarn, entitled Cold Old Old Lady House, is the result of a project that saw 14 primary schools join forces to celebrate the Festival of Architecture Norfolk and Norwich 2015.
The story tells the adventures of Ben, an eight-year-old boy with a speech impediment, as he slipped out of his home to visit his Nanny's decaying mansion, only to be followed by his little sister, Tasha, who transformed the property while he slept.
The young authors were given their first sight of the finished product at a ceremony on Saturday at the Forum in Norwich, where those from Great Witchingham Primary won a special mention for their memorable contribution to Tasha's efforts: the cheesy toilet seat.
Ammar Hameed, 10, from White Woman Lane School, Sprowston, contributed a line on page 35, and said: 'I just let my imagination go wild, and thought what I would be like in that situation.'
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He said he particularly liked the spooky cliff-hanger at the end of the story, and hoped there would be a sequel so people could find out what happens next.
The project was the idea of Liz Harris, of Parsons + Whittley Architects, of Swaffham, who sent the schools a pack of information and activities to start them thinking about architecture.
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The writing process was inspired by the parlour game Consequences, with each school writing a section of the book, before it was all woven together and illustrated.
She said that the unusual title of the book came from her eight-year-old son William's description of a new pair of socks.
Her daughter Lily, who took part when she was a Year 6 pupil at Cantley Primary School last year, said: 'I think it's really cool, and I love the illustrations. We have got an actual book we have written that has been published.'
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