Author takes kids on a sci-fi adventure

HEADGEAR James O'Brien tries out the weapon with author Guy Bass
HEADGEAR James O'Brien tries out the weapon with author Guy Bass

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IT’S the advice that every youngster just cannot do without – what to do in the event of an alien space zombie attack?

On a visit to Mayville High School in Southsea, children’s author Guy Bass gave pupils a demonstration of the secret weapon in the battle against them – the Zomb–O–Tron 5000.

James O’Brien, eight, got to try out the weapon on his head as the author put on an exciting lesson for youngsters.

He said: ‘The author was very funny and it made me want to read on.’

Guy has written nine books in the series Dinkin Dings, a boy who’s afraid of everything, and he had a captive audience on his visit to Mayville.

Pupils painted their own scary monsters and exposed their own fears, which included humiliating hair, fish paste sandwiches, clowns, poisonous things and pigeons.

Guy said: ‘I was a reluctant reader at school, my mum struggled to get me to read, but I read comic books.’

He told pupils he’s writing books that ‘he would like to read’.

‘It’s imperative to see children read, it helps them tap into their own creative world and immerse themselves in another world,’ he said. Headteacher Martin Castle added: ‘We were all thoroughly entertained and inspired and the school is full of the buzz about being an author.’