Big welcome for little Chico

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AN adorable Jack Russell dog and his owner are inspiring budding writers at Swanbourne House School.

Writer Janet Roberts, a retired primary school deputy headteacher, has just had her first book published and she was welcomed to the school to share her writing tips.

Her heart-warming story, ‘The Misadventures of Chico Chugg’ is a tale told by a Jack Russell dog called Chico who lives with the Chugg family aboard their narrow boat.

Janet read from her book and demonstrated some practical methods to encourage the youngsters to develop and enrich their own writing, explaining how as a child she was inspired by Michael Bond’s stories of Paddington.

She said: “Chico is a lot like Paddington; he often has mishaps but never really means to get into trouble.

“I think it is for this reason children can relate to Chico as a character.”

Chico is based on Janet’s Jack Russell of the same name and the children were delighted when the real Chico made a guest appearance.

Head of English, Simone Mitchell, said: “It was a fantastic visit – many children bought an autographed copy of Janet’s book.”