The first thing we did was go and get a milkshake in his favourite cafe (Oliver's Coffee House in Sherborne) and then he wanted to go and look in the independent stationery shop a few doors down.
He's definitely mine!
We wandered around the shop and he got giddy looking at all the fun things, notebooks, pens, stationery, stickers and more. I told him we didn't have much money with us but he could choose one thing to buy. I thought he would choose a novelty pencil sharpener, because they had some shaped like vehicles, but instead he said "Can I buy a new empty book and write a book?" - and that's exactly what we did!
He chose a simple exercise book and a cute novelty pen and then started planning the story he was going to write when we got home. He skipped the whole way to the pre-school to collect his brother and all the way home, carrying his new book and pen, and coming up with ideas for his story and the characters.
And here, for your reading pleasure, is my five year old's first book, written and illustrated all by himself. The only help he had was asking if 'tractor' was a C or a K in the middle - the rest is entirely and completely his own work with no input from anyone else.
'Tom the frog and the castle' by Jellybean, aged 5.
The chosen book and novelty pen complete with title
(Tom is a frog - he is with a dog)
Clearly this is Tom, the Frog
The dog is his best friend, Dan
Inside the castle
On the adventure with Tom and Dan...
A book we're ALL stars in
Tom is in the road
And there's more traffic coming
You shout to Tom
Tom gets behind the line with you
Back at home
I don't think I've ever enjoyed a book as much!