Dudley House School recognised in an International Writing Competition

Dudley House School recognised in an International Writing Competition

By Jenny Johnson, Headteacher, Dudley House School

World Book Day may seem like a distant memory now, but not for Dudley House School pupils who discovered this week that they had been awarded a selection of books for the school. The picture book titled 'Joseph and the Disappearing Vegetables' that Joshua, Uriah, and Florence wrote and illustrated together during the World Book Day celebrations has been awarded runner-up in the Young Creators Category of the International ReadingZone annual competition. 

The competition judge, Sarah McIntyre, the author of a wide selection of children's books, said, "This story by Joshua, Uriah and Florence is genius, right from the title and concept to the way the words roll along. I love the double mention of the 'delicious, juicy vegetables', it's funny, and the repetition makes it so obvious that something really bad is going to happen. And this is rubbed in further with the mention of 'yummy, scrummy vegetables'. I like the spooky picture of the robber in the dark rocky cave, and I laughed out loud when everything was patched up quickly, and they had vegetable soup. Nice pattern work around the back-cover blurb, too!"

All pupils at Dudley House entered the competition writing individually or in groups. Caroline, the editor of ReadingZone, remarked, "These are all strong efforts, and we would like to congratulate all your children on making a picture book – something that needs planning, imagination and a good layout with pictures, too. Your children have each succeeded in creating lovely stories with lively, colourful illustrations."

The Dudley House community is exceptionally proud of their pupils' achievements and the well-deserved recognition their hard work has received. The pupils are amazed that a real-life author has read their work, and of course, they can't wait for their new book prize to land in their library!