Our popular model city-building workshop, Mouse City, is about to face its biggest urban planning challenge to date: the arrival of cats. Will they create havoc or foster harmony? Urban planners aged 2-8 can decide how Mouse City will accommodate its new, feline citizens at Cat & Mouse City on Saturday October 22. 11AM, at Lillian Smith Library, 239 College St (& Spadina). FREE with RSVP (here)
Ottawa author John Sobol will unveil his brand new picture book, Friend Or Foe? (Groundwood Books). John will also serve as ‘Mayor of Cat & Mouse City,’ and help junior planners figure out where to put their cardboard buildings on a large city grid.
Copies of Friend or Foe will be available for purchase and signing at the event. As space is limited, book early! Click here for FREE tickets.
What better time to read and write a dark, scary tale than a bright, beautiful summer day? We invite writers aged 8-12 to take part in our 7th Annual Toronto Roald Dahl Day Story Contest, based on Dahl’s novel THE WITCHES.
Write a short story (1500 words Maximum) based on the following scenario:
Being a witchophile (or witch detective), you get an anonymous note that says Ms Weathervane, the owner of a hugely popular new art and antiques store in your neighbourhhood, who has messy, blue hair and always wears long, white gloves, is secretly a witch. Worse, it states that she only sells children’s books and toys to lure kids into her shop and kill them.
You pack your trusty guide to spotting witches, Roald Dahl’s THE WITCHES, visit the shop, and look for telltale clues. Is Ms Weathervane really a dangerous witch? Or is this charmingly eccentric, hipster shop-owner the target of a smear campaign by a jealous, mean-spirited rival merchant?
Send your story to email@example.com by noon on Friday. October 28.
Judges will award prizes to the top stories at the 2016 Toronto Roald Dahl Day celebration, on Saturday, November 12 at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.