I had a great afternoon exploring lots of the Books About Town benches yesterday. This is the very moving War Horse bench.
Near to City Hall there are four lovely benches celebrating great children’s books. I loved watching lots of children enjoying the Books About Town quiz.The How to Train Your Dragon bench attracted lots of admirers.Here’s Alice Through the Looking Glass.The Dr Seuss bench caused lots of excitement among children and adults.My daughter adored Clarice Bean, so this bench was one of my favourites.I wonder if there’s any relevance to the placing of the Discworld bench near HMS Belfast. I love the fact that it features the Librarian. These two girls were delighted by it. They are big orangutan fans, and have adopted one. Apparently it was World Orangutan Day yesterday. The discussions I have got into as a result of this and my last book bench tour have been so illuminating!
What a shame that this fabulous Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler bench was fenced off. There were lots of disappointed children viewing it from a distance.I liked the back of the Great Expectations bench – not sure about the front.But I certainly loved the Paddington bench, and so did lots of others.What’s the significance, I wonder, of the Noughts and Crosses bench being in the heart of the City?The Brief History of Time bench is terrific.My son was a huge Alex Rider fan. He’d have loved this as a child.Great to see the Wind in the Willows bench in use!What an amazing location for the That’s not my Meerkat bench!I don’t know any child who doesn’t love the That’s not my books (nor many adults).No prizes for working out which book this bench commemorates.A great quote from Fever Pitch.Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. I met a very keen family of book bench fans here. The very best thing about the scheme is the enthusiasm it has engendered in children, parents and grandparents. But it certainly doesn’t only appeal to families. Two 30-something men were delighted when I gave them my book bench trail map as I finished my tour.Bridget Jones, looking nothing like how I imagine her – nor others I spoke to.The Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt bench in prime position opposite St Paul’s Cathedral.This boy and his mum loved it. For me, this image sums up all that is great about the scheme.