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Mr Ordinary’s Prize book launch

Mr Ordinary’s Prize book launch

31 July 2012

Adam Pryce, Catherine O'Donnell & Emily Capstick, Mr Ordinary's Prize book launch

On Sunday 8 July we welcomed families from all over Greater Manchester to celebrate the launch of our exciting new children’s book Mr Ordinary’s Prize as part of Manchester Children’s Book Festival.  The children and their grown ups enjoyed listening to the story, making their very own Stag, Lion and Bee puppets, printing bags and contributing to Mr Ordinary’s mural.  Author Emily Capstick and illustrator Adam Pryce were on hand to sign copies of the book and spread the word about the story.

Mr Ordinary’s Prize tells the story of Mr Ordinary, who lives in an ordinary city with his ordinary dog and he doesn’t know why it’s so dull.  One day it dawns on Mr Ordinary that someone has stolen his thinking and doing, and he needs them back!  Join the adventure as Mr Ordinary has help from his friends, the Stag, the Lion and the Bees to rescue his thinking and doing from Giant Lazy’s castle.  Who will win Mr Ordinary’s magnificent prize?  And what will the prize be?

The book is based on our Little People’s History Museum interactive storytelling session, Mr Ordinary’s Prize, which explores the ideas of co-operation, friendship, messages and meanings.  The book was created as part of a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  It was written by Emily Capstick, Peoplescape Theatre and illustrated by Adam Pryce with help from Broadfield Primary School, Early Learning Childcare, Stretford High School and William Hulme’s Grammar School.

An exhibition of illustrations and photographs from the project, The Story of the Story, is on display at the museum until Tuesday 11 September 2012.  Visitors can visit Giant Lazy’s castle and find out how the book was created.

Schools and early years centres in Greater Manchester can order free copies of the book by contacting the museum.  Public performances of Mr Ordinary’s Prize storytelling session are run at the museum throughout the year and can be booked for early years groups.

Sara Hilton, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North West said ‘We at HLF are delighted to have been able to support Mr Ordinary’s Prize.  Manchester has a fascinating and diverse history, and this imaginative project is a wonderful way of engaging younger people with their local heritage.’