When I was on my school visit the other day we talked about aptronyms – names people have that reflect their jobs or personalities in a funny or ironic way.
The children all knew Usain Bolt who runs as fast as a bolt of lightning and we had fun thinking of others. I asked them why they thought I’d called my main character Bea Green and eventually they saw that it could mean to be environmentally-friendly which is in her character. Her nemesis in the story, Miss Bacon, resembles a pig in several ways and there are plenty of fictional characters who have names reflecting their personalities.
Roald Dahl used aptronyms all the time, for example Miss Trunchbull, Verucca Salt, Mike Teevee and Shakespeare and Dickens have also used them to describe their characters, for example Hotspur in Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Luke Honeythunder in Dickens’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood. J K Rowling also uses them in her Harry Potter stories, for example Remus Lupin, the werewolf.
Can you think what jobs these people might do?
Flora Gardner, Sue Yoo, Dr Brain, Margaret Court, Jim Kick…..
Now try and think of some yourself!
Yesterday I had a great afternoon doing two Bea Green workshops in my local primary school. The children were lots of fun and asked some great questions about bees and writing in general. One of the classes had read part of my book and were very enthusiastic about it, all trying to guess what happens next. I read chapter ten to the other class, leaving them wanting to find out what happened next and I was delighted to sell a number of copies at the end of the day. I’d like to thank the headmaster, teachers and students for having me.
Celebrity Orphan is now available in paperback from Amazon. Just click on the image below.
Bea Green and the Bee Queen will be read at storytime during the Bristol Bee Fair on Saturday 16th May 2015.
Go and join in with wildflower planting, open a beehive, seed bomb making, bee hotel building, beehive painting, children’s arts and crafts, tea and cakes. This is a FREE event, to celebrate the bee. Activities for all the family. Saturday May 16th, 10am – 4pm.
I’m very excited as the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) have agreed to sell Bea Green and the Bee Queen from their online shop, The Pollen Basket. It should be available in a few days. They have also offered to review the book too. Click on the image below to visit their shop.
Vera Carbin has captured Malawi village life perfectly and the stars contrast well with the flashes of the paparazzi’s cameras on the front cover below…
Here’s a sneak preview of the new front cover for Celebrity Orphan. I really like the way Vera Carbin, the illustrator, has captured Melody, the orphan, looking lost and out of place in the celebrity’s world. See how many famous London landmarks you can recognise!