Testimonials

Testimonies from Head Teachers (printed with their kind permission) 

Edinburgh Festival

Just to say I caught your show on Friday and really enjoyed it. You did a great performance and had the kids thoroughly engaged. I hope the rest of the run has gone as well and thank you!

Angela Galvin – BBC Children’s Development Producer

 

Testimonies from Heads, Deputies and Principal Teachers

I don’t quite know where to start!  We absolutely loved your time with us on Wednesday morning!  There has been a buzz about school ever since and the children are now obsessed with your books!  We really cannot thank you enough, all of the staff have commented on how engaging and inspiring (and funny!) it was, so thank you.

Our head is thrilled and has also asked me to pass on her thanks.

 Kate Sixsmith, Literacy Co-ordinator, Gaskell Primary, Bolton

The children were in awe of you, as were the staff!  Everyone was buzzing the whole day long and they thought you were fantastic.  Thank you again for such a brilliant workshop.  I cannot recommend you highly enough! Jayne Cation, Principal, Aberhill PS

Thanks for coming in today. We all thought you were fab! A real inspiration to everyone. My kids have been creating their own characters to write about this afternoon. I’m sure you will be invited back. Ann Belardo, Primary 2 teacher, East Plean PS

Thank you again for last Friday…the children and staff all loved the sessions Rachel Humphries, Literacy Co-ordinator, Chorlton Park Primary, Manchester

Thank you so much for a superb morning, it was thoroughly enjoyed by all and the kids are buzzing. Sheena Matthews, Principal teacher/Literacy Co-ordinator, Durham Gilesgate Primary

Thanks for a fantastic day with the pupils. Once again, I have had great feedback from staff about your sessions including a great report from the P7 pupils and Miss Jack! Thank you so much for coming into do the creative writing workshop at such a great price. They all got a lot from it!James McGimpsey, Principal Teacher, Deans Primary School, Livingston 

I wanted to thank you for the fantastic presentations you did today at West Coats. The pupils (AND STAFF) have been raving about them all day and seemed totally enthused!!Pam Currie, Head Teacher, West Coats Primary School, Glasgow A

big thank you for delivering two fantastic session in Bishopbriggs & Milngavie Libraries. The children & adults alike thoroughly enjoyed the sessions. I have been forwarded an email below from Andrew Gallagher – St Helen’s Primary school singing your praises too. It’s always nice to get feedback especially positive feedback.Fiona Gray, Children & Families Coordinator. East Dunbartonshire Leisure & Culture Trust

A huge thank you for coming to visit us. The pupils (and staff) had a wonderful time and could have carried on listening to you for hours. You have really inspired our pupils – I was mobbed on the yard on Wednesday morning by children with ideas for book titles; they are so excited about it we are having a competition for the most imaginative title.

 Thank you again for a really entertaining, inspiring afternoon.Megan Charlton (Deputy Head Teacher) Grove Primary, Durham

 I currently teach P6 at Kennoway primary school in Fife and we have just finished your Zigzag Zit-faced Zombie book and to say they loved it is an understatement!! I have been charged with buying the new release during the holidays. Can we arrange a school visit with you?
Oni Fraser (P6 Teacher)Kennoway Primary School

Thank you for a fantastic day. The staff and children have been raving about it and children have come flooding in today with money for books. They are so excited to read them. We have also bought sets of the books for all our classes in the school! 

It is a credit to you that the children sat so well, they were all engaged and enthralled by you – not many people can do this with the age range that we had in the hall. 

The teachers have gained lots of ideas and are already trying them out with the children – good to see teachers and children excited by reading and writing again! Louise Daly (Principal Teacher) The Links, Stockton, nr Middlesborough

Thank you so much, Stuart. I would also like to ask if you’ll return next October for Book Week in 2014. I know its quite far in advance but I reckon you will be inundated. Stephanie Wood (principal Teacher) Holy Family Kirkintilloch (written Oct 2013)

You were a HUGE hit! The kids loved you and were full of ideas and excitement once you left. Some parents even commented on your visit at parents evening, saying how when their children came home they wanted to write their own story – very inspirational. So thank you! Stephanie MacFadyen (Principal Teacher) Longniddry Primary

You are obviously a natural story teller and such a funny man. This morning was fantastic. I’m getting you back to our school sometime and will continue to try to drum up custom for you. You deserve it! 

Jackie Morton (Principal teacher) Wren Spinney Special School, Northampton 

Thank you very much for a fabulous, funny, fantastic, full of enthusiasm, fanfare of a presentation! I have never witnessed such a good author presentation before – you had the children eating out of your hands for the whole time – brilliant! I am sure that they will thoroughly enjoy reading your books as you most certainly inspired them.

Sharon Clyne, Principal teacher, Strathesk Primary School, Penicuik. Three fantastic sessions, thank you. The motivational workshop was excellent for our pupils, setting them up perfectly for their year ahead in our international baccalaureate 6th Form. Angela Tawse (Head Librarian) St. Leonard’s Independent School, St Andrews. 

Thank you so much. We were all delighted with your presentation. What an inspiration… to encourage the children to learn literature by heart clearly demonstrated!!). The staff and children loved it. My class immediately voted for the Snot Zombies as their next class reader!Pauline Baddeley (Head teacher)Alexandra Junior School, Stoke T

he feedback from pupils and staff was excellent. To enthuse staff to want to return to class and start writing the day before a holiday break is high praise and from what I hear you deserve it!Liz Barton, Head Teacher, Strathesk Primary School, Penicuik 

Thank you for visiting our school this week! The children are really buzzing and I’ve had excellent feedback from staff and I look forward to inviting you in again in the future!

Delyth Evans (Principal Teacher) Easterside Primary, Middlesbrough.  The morning was a great success as part of our book week and enjoyable for children and staff alike! Thank you for coming to share your work with us, as I’m sure you could tell the children loved every minute!Rachel Kaye (Head teacher) Brownhill Infants School  

We (the librarians and teachers) thoroughly enjoyed your talks. The children really enjoyed your presentation too …very entertaining as well as in informative and educational with lots of fun thrown in!

Margaret Rennie, Senior Librarian, Stirling Young People’s Services

 Many thanks for your book reading session this afternoon. Pupils and staff had a ball!Wendy Cameron (head teacher) Antonine Primary School, Drumchapel

 

“Your visit to the Glebe Junior School was inspirational to parents, staff and children. Thank you so much.  One reluctant reader, in year 3, bought your book and for the first time ever demanded that his mum read to him! A breakthrough!

 Your perfectly poised, personal and poignant presentation was an incredible sight to behold. You enthralled the audience- ranging in age from 7 to 70 – with your passion and love of reading and writing and entertained them, seemingly effortlessly, for an hour. Your visit will be remembered for a long time to come and we all know that we were lucky to see you at the start of what we are sure will be an illustrious career – and deservedly so!” Freda Wilson – Literacy Co-ordinator Glebe Junior School

Stuart’s presentation was VERY informative and delivered in such a way that it held ALL the children’s interest throughout. It was excellent that Stuart involved the pupils at different stages and that there were some practical activities for them to be part of.
They spoke enthusiastically for many days afterwards and were very keen for Stuart to return. AND they enjoyed reading your book and talking to their friends about it.

Teresa Salvage, Head of Literacy, St. Mary’s Primary, Bathgate

Many thanks for the super event on Tuesday. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and have been talking about it ever since.
Dave Edwards, Head Teacher, Davidson Mains, Edinburgh

It was a pleasure to host you. Your sessions were lots of fun and I expect there has been some reading going on this weekend!
Kate Whitely, Head Teacher, Aberdour Primary School

Thoroughly enjoyed your session and it was plain to see that enjoyed every minute of it! Not to mention the staff!
I loved the fact that your very funny presentation also delivered on the eco / recycling issue whilst encouraging reading and writing. I will have absolutely no qualms about recommending you to my colleagues here in the ERS and to the Head Teachers in my schools.
Fingers crossed that schools continue to invite people like you, with such an infectious passion for their craft, into their schools. It’s such a great experience for the pupils.
Jen Dawson, Children & Young People’s Librarian, Education Resource Service, North Lanarkshire.

Superb childrens’ author….our P4 – P7 pupils were all absolutely entranced by his talk and the ideas he gave them for both reading and writing.  Stuart’s novel, “Gorgeous George and the Giant Geriatric
Generator” is a superb book having read it myself and I know that many pupils in my class have since the visit bought the novel and enjoyed it.  It is funny, entertaining and includes a number of
interesting literary techniques which help to exemplify what the pupils should be trying to do in their own writing. It is fantastic to have finally found a book which encourages boys to read.
Frances McTiernan, Principal Teacher, Eastertoun Primary, Armadale.

Stuart’s presentation was entertaining and lively and appealed to the interests of the age range of the children in the audience. There were plenty of opportunities for the audience to join in and audience participation was encouraged and, indeed, expected! Teacher’s afterwards reported back that children, including some boys who are not usually all that interested in writing, were keen to start work on their own stories and were looking at ways that they could use alliteration themselves.
Lois Cassidy, Depute Headteacher, Deanburn Primary School, Bo’ness

Stuart performed the role of visiting author very well. His presentation hit the spot with the children in my school. He is clearly tuned into their way of seeing things. Our kids are now reading his book and are interested in the next in the series. We found Stuart to be very organised and amenable in setting up his visits and would hope to have you back.
Malcolm Cowie, Laurieston Primary School, Falkirk.

I have just delivered your signed copies into the Primary 4-7 classes and the gasps of delight not only surprised but enthused me to continue to encourage our literacy developments in a humorous way! All of our pupils thoroughly enjoyed your visit and I am sure that their enthusiasm for reading, particularly the boys has been re-ignited!!

Jane Cossar, Deputy Principal, Corpus Christi, Glasgow

One teacher said: “I felt Stuart had great presence and really captured the children’s’ attention and imagination.”
On the whole both children and staff enjoyed your visit. Comments about your book have all been very positive. Thank you for helping to make our book week memorable.
Good luck with your next book. Maybe you could come back and share it with us!

Denise Anthony, Principal Teacher St Joseph’s, Bonnybridge

Thanks for really making our book week special. The children really enjoyed your visit. The children were engaged in your presentation and getting the kids involved was great too, it kept their attention. It was excellent that you used a visual stimulus so the children could begin to create images in their heads of your characters. All in all the children really loved your presentation and are looking forward to reading your book – we are going to read it as a class.

Fiona Caygill, Teacher, Head of Literacy, Victoria Primary, Falkirk

I was absolutely delighted to showcase Stuart’s work in the school; not least because it lets children see that we do have local talent and that our children can aspire to careers in writing. Stuart delivered very informative and entertaining presentations to the children. Staff feedback was terrific.
Susan Dyer, Headteacher, Bankier Primary School

Absolutely fantastic morning; teacher, parents, and especially the pupils had a wonderful time hearing all about a very funny story that entertains and helps the children learn a bit about recycling as well! There’s a buzz about authors, creativity and imagination coming from all classes. What came across was your passion, enthusiasm, sense of humour and ability to keep the attention of all pupils at all times. It was wonderful to hear the laughter from the children and the excitement at having a real author autograph their books. One parent who attended posted on our Facebook page ‘It was fantastically, fascinatingly and fabulous’
We wish you every success for the future and look forward to the publication of the next book!
Alison Townley, Head Teacher, Blackridge Primary School

Thank you so much for your fantastic book reading last week.  The children had so much fun and I’m already hearing rave reviews from those who have started reading ‘Gorgeous George and the Geriatric Generator.’  Thanks again for introducing us to Gorgeous George.  I can’t wait to start reading it to my class.
Nicola Forbes – St.Clement’s Primary School

Thank you so much for coming along to Bent Primary to share your new book and experience of being an author. Our children were captivated by your presentation and many of them are reading your book as their personal reader. Hopefully we will meet you again when your next book is published!
Margo Millar – Head Teacher, Bent Primary School, South Lanarkshire

Testimonies from Parents (Horton Grange primary, Blyth 3rd July 2012)

Really good morning for both kids and adults. Can’t wait to start reading book with my son at home.

Fabulous. The book looks great and we will enjoy reading it. Thank you.

I found this really good. The girls had so much fun, Can’t wait to read it as a family.

The presentation was really good and educational for the kids. Inspirational hopefully.

Great reading with author. Kids enjoyed the humour. Brilliant for book enthusiasm.

(My son) really enjoyed listening to Stuart as he would love to follow in his footsteps when he is older. A lovely experience.

I love being involved in school and had lots of fun meeting Stuart Reid. He was funny and made the parents and children giggle.

 

Testimonials from Pupils

Eastertoun PS

“The author Stuart Reid was really inspiring.  He was so funny.  He told our Head Teacher not to listen to a bit which was particularly funny and disgusting.”

Ross W P7

“My favourite part was when all the false teeth jumped out of the cupboard.  It was hilarious!  I loved the title of the book with all the alliteration.”

Calum O P7

“I can’t get my head out of his book.”

Sadik E P7

“Stuart has inspired me in many ways.  I now know to jot down all my good ideas in a notebook so that I remember them.”

Rebecca M P7

“Stuart Reid was fabulously brilliant when he came to our school.  He has really inspired me to read more.  I think he could be as big as Roald Dahl.”

Robyn Suter P7

“Stuart Reid’s visit is the highlight of my year so far.”

Alex R P7

“Your book even made my Mum and Dad laugh.  I cannot wait until your next book.”

Jamie W P6

“I loved your visit to our school.  When I went home I ordered your book straight away. “

Kayleigh D P6

“Stuart Reid is an inspiration to me and my younger brother.  He has inspired me to write rough casts of my own books and has made my brother really enthusiastic about reading.”

Alex R P7

St Joseph’s, Bonnybridge

“I enjoyed your presentation on Wednesday. I have finished your book and I really enjoyed it. Thank you for coming” Ewan P5

“I think your book is the best book I have ever read!” Colm P5

“The day you came into St. Joseph’s was extraordinary because you gave us a head start on the book. Thanks for sharing your secret.” Gary P5

“I really enjoyed you telling me the tenth chapter because I didn’t think it would be interesting but it was. Please write lots more books. I am a big fan.” Maria P5

‘Primary 4 loved the scene with the false teeth. They thought it was “hilarious” They would have liked you to read more.’

‘Primary 2 thought you were really funny, especially when they got to throw false teeth at you. They described the event as: “super”, “brilliant” and “fantastic”.

‘Primary 6 and 7 have been encouraged to post their reviews on the websites you gave us.’

St Clements, Dundee

“Stuart was funny, he was good at speaking to his audience.  I love the titles of his books, they are really funny.  He was very patient with us and listened well to all of our questions.  I have asked the library to order ‘Gorgeous George and the Geriatric Generator.”

Josh Stark P5/6F

“It was funny.  He is good at writing books.  His ideas are creative and the characters are good.”
Chloe Innes P5/6F

“He was really funny especially when he said “false teeth” and people had to throw false teeth at him.  I bought the book and have started reading it.  It is really, really good.”

Morven Lee P5/6F

“I thought it was really funny because he was telling lots of jokes.  I liked the way he read part of his book to us.  I got the book and I think it’s really good because the characters are funny, especially George’s grandad.”

Ryan Black P5/6F
Thanks to all the schools, teachers, pupils and even the janitors who set up the halls for all your fantastic support throughout the school term 2011/12. Things are always a little quiet come the summer holidays but here’s looking forward to the new term.

Good luck to all the schools who have relied upon a small Year 6 or Primary 7 boy for all your technical needs last term and that pupil has now moved up to High School. I’m sure another little techy-wizard will emerge next term.

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