An audience with Sophy Henn

March 10, 2015

A few weeks ago whilst we were visiting our local Waterstones store I spotted a sign in the window regarding a visit to the store from Sophy Henn. The World Book Day illustrator Sophy Henn and author of Where Bear? and Pom Pom get the grumps would be in store doing readings, activities and signings.

We headed over to the children’s counter to sign up Roo and Tigger to take part and I added it to our family calendar. Fast forward a couple of weeks and the day finally arrived for us to head into Norwich for the event.


There is something quite special about listening to a story read by the author who created that special book. Listening to them as they take us on the journey through the book, meeting the different characters and listening to the story unfold.

Sophy Henn kindly read both Where Bear? and Pom Pom gets the grumps, both of which the children enjoyed. Tigger particularly loved Pom Pom gets the grumps, especially when Pom Pom says ‘HARRUMPH!

An audience with Sophy Henn - Reading Pom Pom gets the grumps


After Sophy had read her stories she invited us to try out some crafts and activities. First up was learning how to draw Where Bear? facial expressions. She gave the children tips on things that will always be the same when drawing faces like the nose, how to add different eyes and mouths depending on whether bear is happy, sad or angry.

In order to join in with the Pom Pom gets the grumps story the children were shown how to make Pom Pom puppets so that they could HARRUMPH! along with Pom Pom. They were really simple to make and I can see us making a whole host of them at home.

An audience with Sophy Henn - Tigger Pom Pom Panda


After the event Sophy was available for children to get their books signed. She was so very kind in signing a copy of Where Bear? for Roo and Pom Pom gets the grumps for Tigger (who is now obsessed with saying Harrumph!).

She signed each of the books with a special dedication and added some illustrations, I can see these books being treasured by the children for years to come.

An audience with Sophy Henn - Roo meets Sophy Henn

We had a wonderful time meeting Sophy Henn, she was truly lovely.

  • Donna March 10, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I am ashamed to say I have never heard of her! Off to have a google and buy some books x

  • Carie March 10, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Oh that’s so lovely – what a wonderful day out!

  • becky March 11, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Ah how lovely is that!

  • Donna March 11, 2015 at 10:18 am

    I have never heard of those books *scuttles off to the library to take a look*

  • Mum of One March 11, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Sounds like a lovely event. I have not heard of her but will check out her stuff next time we are at the library.

  • Mammasaurus March 11, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Ooo I haven’t heard of her before, off to our local library later today so we’ll see if we can find some of her books x

  • Sonya Cisco March 11, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Sounds like a fab event – I used to work at Waterstones and one of my fav bits of the jobs was the events with children’s authors!

  • Nikki Thomas March 11, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    That looks so amazing, I have never taken the children to anything like that but I know that the school has sometimes had authors in and it always inspires the children. I will have to look out for those books, they sound great

  • Penny March 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    You are so right, it is special to hear how an author reads their own book!

  • Grenglish March 12, 2015 at 6:39 am

    I haven’t heard of her before but agree there is something very special about hearing an author read their own book. What a lovely keepsake for the kids too.

  • Michelle Twin Mum March 12, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Ahh it looks like a lovley time was had, our kids get such great opportunities. Mich x

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