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Stripy Seaside Visit – Hello Hove!

Hello to everyone who came along to our event at the Hove Book Festival last month. What a lovely time we all had!

We were lucky enough to be the very first event at this, the very first Hove Book Festival, which was also the very first festival organised by super-talented author Dorothy Koomson. She did a fantastic job and everything ran very smoothly, so let’s hope it’ll be the first of many.

We’ve been waiting for some pictures before posting, so here you go. First up here’s us with Dorothy, and then Karen scribbling away…



Hove Town Hall was a great venue too, with plenty of space to spread out for mask making. Here’s everyone doing a wonderful job with their colouring and sticking – there were sequins and glitter all over the place!

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Afterwards, we treated Stripy Horse to fish and chips just down the road at the Regency. Very, very tasty.

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World Book Week 2014 – Stripy Visits!

WBD2014Hello everyone! We hope you all enjoyed World Book Day last week.

A big stripy wave to St Bartholemew’s Primary School in Sydenham (especially Karen Kent), Herne Hill School (thank you to Helen Harrild) and Edmund Waller Primary School in Lewisham (we loved the wonderful Mrs Twit, or perhaps that was Helen Winter?). Three fantastic schools with lots of terrific teachers and super-imaginative children. We had a great time on our visits. You kept us very busy and showed us how good you are at ‘growing and shrinking’, ‘clipping and clopping’ and, most impressively of all, ‘drawing and describing’. Phew! We were exhausted by the end of the week!

And a special thanks to the Tales on Moon Lane Bookshop in Herne Hill for organising our trip there, we’re so glad that they have recovered from the flooding.

After reading ‘Oh No, Monster Tomato!’ here are brilliant drawings of pupils as their own favourite vegetables. Meet Frankie the Chilli, Skye the Carrot, Hana-Rosa the Sweetcorn and Tin Tin the Grape:


And here are some animal characters that the children drew (and described) as friends for Stripy Horse. A ‘werly’, happy, Tortoise, Joe the Top-Hatted Giraffe, Micol the cheeky monkey and Jace the mischievous, toothy tiger!


And finally, here’s one of the teachers at Edmund Waller with Karen’s Stripy Horse drawing. We don’t have a picture of Helen Winter as Mrs Twit, but if she sends us one, we promise to put it up for everyone to see!


We’ll be visiting the Hove Book Festival at Hove Town Hall on Saturday 5th April, so do come along and say hello if you can!

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Top Class Tidemill Teachers

Before Christmas, we promised you some pictures of the teachers at Tidemill Academy dressed up as characters from the Stripy Horse books… and here they are. We’ve seen a lot of costumes in our time, but nothing quite like these! What an amazing bunch!

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Terrific Tidemill!

We hopped onto the Deptford bus last Friday, to visit Chestnut and Maple Classes at Tidemill Academy. Hello everyone! And a big thank you to Amelia Swan for inviting us along!

The children invented some exciting new characters for Stripy Horse to meet and used lots of very clever words to describe them. Below are just a few of their drawings, but everyone did a terrific job! We’d like you to meet Rosetta the Cat, Isabella the Owl, Pip the Giraffe and a very pretty princess (and there are some great drawings of Stripy Horse from Christina and her classmates too)…


And here’s Karen doing some drawing of her own…


We were also shown some amazing photos of the Tidemill teachers dressed in their own special Stripy Horse costumes last year, and we hope to put them up here soon – wait until you see Hermann!

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Hello to Northwold!

What a great time we had at Northwold Primary last week! All the children had been busy making masks, so when we arrived we found a school full of lovely Stripy Horses. Here are just a few of them… fantastic!


Thank you ‘clip clops’ to Literacy Co-ordinator, Katherine Blackman and Head Teacher, Alison Kriel for inviting us along, and for everyone there who made our day so special. As well as masks, there were lots of imaginative stories for us to read and some very colourful pictures. One of the teachers had even drawn an extra-large Stripy Horse, here it is below, Karen was super impressed!


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Happy Spring Time and World Book Day 2013

PrintHello again everyone, we’ve just come out of hibernation – brrr what a cold Winter that was!

It’s been a busy couple of months for us and we have lots to tell you about over the next few posts.

But first of all it’s World Book Day this week and we’re looking forward to visiting Northwold Primary School in Clapton on Friday… we’ll put up some pictures after our trip!




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Sandgate Primary Stripy Visit

A big wave to everyone at Sandgate Primary School in Folkestone! Thanks to everyone there who made our visit so special, especially Hayley Richley for organising everything so perfectly. Thank you Hayley!

We’d also like to say hello to one of the teachers that we didn’t get to meet, who made this amazing, larger-than-life-size, papier mache Stripy Horse. WOW! Have you ever seen anything like it?!

Here are just a few of the super, stripy drawings we saw on our visit:

…there were some magnificent, monster tomato plants hanging from the ceiling too:

And here’s Jim in the school’s very own special bric-a-brac shop. Can you spot Stripy Horse?

We hope you’re all enjoying your half term holiday now and getting ready for pumpkins and bonfires. Don’t forget to wrap up warm!

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Meopham Academy Stripy Visit

Hello again and hope that you’re all making the most of the sun now that it’s decided to shine – just in time for the school holidays, hurray!

Karen spent a lovely day at Meopham Community Academy last week – thank you Ursula and Miss Nevard. We thought you’d like to see some of the children’s artwork below. Plenty of super Stripy Horses, mischievous monkeys and lemony Lions…

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Happy Book Week!

Phew! Its been a busy week for us!

Firstly hello to everyone at Redriff Primary School in Rotherhithe. Karen had a lovely time with you all on Monday – thank you Sarah and Jo!

And we’ve just got back from Corpus Christi Primary School in Brixton where the pupils and teachers were all dressed up for World Book Day. We’ve never seen so many ‘Dorothys’, ‘Harry Potters’ and ‘Where’s Wallys’! Thank you all for making us so welcome, especially Cat O’Neill and of course Miss Emily Peapod Longstocking and Sir Connor Brave-Apple, who posed beautifully for Karen to draw.

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New Stripy Horse Masks!

We had a great time at the ‘Word Up Festival’ a few weeks back. A big thank you to all the eagle-eyed monkey counters who came along: you did a marvellous job!

For anyone who missed out on a ticket and the chance to make a mask, you can now create your own at home by clicking the links below and following the instructions.

Stripy Horse Mask

Choose any colour you like for your horse, or why not go spotty?

Monkey Mask

Turn yourself into a cheeky puzzle monkey from ‘Look Out Stripy Horse!’

Monster Tomato Mask

Best of all, become a great big splatty tomato, from ‘Oh No, Monster Tomato!’

We’ll be putting up some more exciting ‘Art and Make’ activities soon, so keep checking back. Happy cutting and colouring!

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