Youngsters at a Clitheroe primary school received an unexpected reply to a letter they received back from an acclaimed international author. In conjunction with World Book Day and in literacy lessons Alder Class at St James’ CE Primary School had been reading stories by the children’s author, Oliver Jeffers. They enjoyed the books so much they each wrote letters to him which Mrs Sally Sharp, the class teacher, duly posted to his address in Brooklyn, New York. And to their surprise, Mr Jeffers replied to the class with a signed letter which included an illustration. In his letter Mr Jeffers wrote:
“To the extremely tall Sally Sharp and the much-shorter-but-still-growing-students of Clitheroe St James’ CE Primary School thank you very kindly for your wonderful letters.
“You are a very talented bunch. Your letters cheered me right up, I feel right as rain now. I was having a bad day until I opened them. You see, I woke up on the wrong side of bed this morning.
“Normally I get out of bed on the left side, but I live on a hill so some times I roll down to the right side of the bed. The problem with that you see, is that on the right side of my bed there is a solid wall, so getting out of bed on this side normally leaves me with quite a headache and in a grumpy mood. Until of course, I read lovely letters from medium to short friends, like I just did.
“Keep up the good work everyone. Your good mooded friend, and fellow picture drawer.”
The letter was signed Oliver Jeffers and illustrated with a penguin, which featured in the book Lost and Found that was published in 2005 and won the Nestle Smarties Book Prize Gold Award and the Blue Peter Book of the Year.