Monthly Archives: May 2018

Hurrah for a Huffy Shark!

This week Alex has been busy answering some of Gecko’s and Iguana’s burning questions…. he also set them a pretty cool challenge too!

Hello Geckos and Iguanas!

Let me answer your questions!

What month is your birthday? Is it the same as any of ours in December (Eirmyas), March (Dougie), and July (Martin)
 
My birthday is in February!

How old are you? I think you are around 33 (Martin).

I was born in 1978, which makes me…

Which is your favourite type of pizza? (We are really looking forward to eating loads of pizza when we meet you for lunch in Brighton!)

I love pizza. My favourite is pepperoni and sweetcorn (very odd) but I do love a tomato and mozzarella pizza, especially with fresh basil.

What football team do you support?

I used to support Tottenham Hotspur, though I don’t really keep up with the team these days. I used to love playing it more than anything else.

Which is your favourite book that you have written?

My favourite is probably The Alien Moon, which is a Mythical 9th Division story. Though I must admit to really liking Pigsticks & Harold Lost in Time.
 
And so onto this week’s challenge. And this looks quite simple, but it’s not that easy. What I would love for you to do is create a new character to live in Tuptown. As you saw in the picture last week, there are many types of animal that live there. I would like you to choose a different animal from those, and turn it into a character that could live in the Pigsticks world.
 
I’ve attached a number of pictures from my sketchbook which will show you how different Pigsticks looked originally, when I first imagined him. You can see how he transformed (and Harold) until becoming something like we see him today in the books.
So pick an animal that you like, and have a good try at designing a new character – oh yes, and don’t forget to give it a name!
 
Hope you’re all enjoying the sun!
 
Speak soon, 
Wow, how cool to see some pictures of Pigsticks in his early days! We love his transformation and it looks like Gecko and Iguana found it very useful for their task! Check out some of the newest Tuptown residents below! Who would you like as a neighbour?

We think all these fab character creations would be a brilliant fit in Tuptown and would love to get to know them all over a cup of tea!

Hello Alex, Pigsticks, and Harold!

Thank-you for your last challenge we loved creating our own Tuptown characters! We hope you enjoy our variety of different animals!
Here are some more questions we’d love answers to:
  1. What’s your favourite colour?
  2. What’s your favourite country in the world?
  3. Who’s your favourite Tuptown character?
  4. When is ‘Pigsticks and Harold and the Tuptown Sports Day’ coming out? We loved designing illustrations for that piece of writing!
  5. What is your favourite film?
We hope you are enjoying the sun. We spent our weekends going to the park, swimming at the beach, trampolining, and eating lots of barbecue food!
We are looking forward to the next challenge – hopefully it will be the hardest one yet!
See you soon,
Geckos and Iguanas!
Until next time when Alex will have answers to your brilliant q’s and what we’re sure will be the hardest task yet!
Team AAA
x

 

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Tuptown Tower Tales

It’s Pigsticks and Harold time and Benfield posed some interesting questions to their adopted author Alex Milway!

Dear Geckos and Iguanas!

Hello again! And yes, Hololo is Pigsticks! Well done 🙂
Here are some answers to your questions:
1. When are you making another book and when can we expect it in the shops
I’m currently working on a book called Hotel Flamingo, and it will be out next Spring.
2. Do you draw all of the pictures in Pigsticks and Harold yourself?
Yes! I do all the pictures. Though I think some of you are easily good enough to help me now!
3. Your life sounds so exciting – when and where are you going away next?
HA! it’s not so exciting, although I must admit to never imagining my work would take me around the world. My next trip away is to sunny Brighton to see all of you, I think!
4. Did you always want to be an author when you were growing up?
No! Not at all. I first wanted to be a footballer. Then I wanted to be a musician. Then I wanted to be an artist. Then I wanted to animate and make cartoons. Only then did I realise writing children’s books was the perfect job for me. (And I still want to be all the other things, by the way… I still paint. I still make music, and I still love cartoons and animation.)
And for this week’s task!
I’ve attached a Pigsticks spread, which is illustrated, but lacks words! So here’s what I’d love you to do. Have a look at the picture and write a short description of the scene alongside. You could try writing this as a page of a Pigsticks story, if you’d like, building a story around this picture.
Some things to think consider: why might all the people of Tuptown be standing in a tower next to a tall building? What is Pigsticks saying to them? And why isn’t Harold there – where might he be?
You can be as silly as you like, I know I always try and think of the silliest reasons for things happening in Pigsticks’ world.
Thanks!

Benfield have been busy creating some super stories to accompany Alex’s illustration

 

We love these! Especially Harold eating cake – as we’re all partial to a bit of cake here at Team AAA!

Well done – super work Benfield!

Team AAA
x

Beetle Bard’s!

The Stanford Beetle Brigade have been busy! Let’s have a look at what they’ve been up to…

Dear Stanford Beetle Brigade,

Now it is time for you to get thinking about TASK THREE!

This is a wordy challenge. Using your research and beetle designs, I would like you to think up a poem or short story about your beetle. It can be funny, disgusting or dramatic. There is no right or wrong, although if you’re not having fun you should perhaps trying doing it a different way. I howl with laughter when I write the Pickering and Humphrey bits.

Good luck! And remember if you get stuff for inspiration look at your research and the wonderful facts you found out about beetles.

Wow! What amazing bunch of beetle bard’s the brigade are! Well done – some really fantastic poems – well researched, creative and fun!

Team AAA x