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A child's view of Hay in the rain

Max
By Max, aged 7

The Gruffalo on stage
Author Julia Donaldson appeared on stage with the Gruffalo
The Hay Festival is not just for middle-aged literary types in linen suits: there is also a programme of children's events, and here are the views of Max, seven, after watching a story session featuring children's author and Gruffalo creator Julia Donaldson.

I thought the festival was good because when it is raining there are shelters up and it keeps people dry.

It rained a lot and it was horrendous because there was flooding all over the place.

The fire engine was sucking a lot of water out and there were enormous puddles.

I had been before and last time I saw Charlie and Lola in the theatre and that was good too.

I think Julia Donaldson was nice, she had brown hair.

There was a good story she told called Tyrannosaurus Drip about a dinosaur, but I didn't manage to buy it because it was so popular and had sold out.

Max and Thomas
Max (L) and his friend Thomas enjoyed the Hay Festival despite the rain

What I think made me laugh was the owl in the Gruffalo because the owl went twit-twoo, twit-twoo!

It sounded to me like the audience loved it.

The festival had something called The Sky Tent and that bit was amazing.

I coloured in lots of pictures that they had already drawn but there were some people who coloured in bits they weren't meant to colour in.

I managed to have a little sit-down in the cafe and there was a tent nearby with clay and a clay Dalek, and it was amazing.

I think the festival should always have a clay bit.

I think the buses were good and they travel all around Hay but there was one lady who pushed my mum out of the way and never said 'excuse me'.

I think Hay is for children and for adults.

I think there should be more children's shows and I would like to see Alistair's books like Alistair And The Alien Invasion [by author Marilyn Sadler].

And I think there should be more books for seven-year-olds.





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