Class Two At The Zoo

On the day Class Two went to the zoo they see a koala kissing a kangaroo, but they don’t see the anaconda!

Voted Best Book of 2008 by thousands of children, it won the Stockport Schools Book Award.

It’s now reaching a wider audience on CITV in the new Bookaboo programme, read by Robson Green.

You can see the children wriggling inside the giant snake in Lynne Chapman’s animated illustrations.

“From the bouncy mock-sinister rhymes to the illustrations featuring naively wide-eyed kids – and the happy ending – readers who aren’t afraid of snakes will find much to enjoy.”


Right Click the links below to download line drawings from the book to colour in, and a matching pairs game!

The Anaconda and Kyle

The Anaconda and the Teacher 

Class Two at the Zoo Matching Pairs Game

Class Two at The Zoo Stage Play

In 2013 my dear friend Julie Laslett wrote a play based on my picture-book Class Two at the Zoo and she directed performances. Sadly Julie died soon afterwards.

I’m delighted that Julie’s children have given permission for the play-script to be released as a FREE download.

Julie and I thought it would make a great school play and I would be thrilled if teachers downloaded the script and adapted it for performances in their school.

You can download the script for the play by right clicking this link and selecting Save As.

Meanwhile if you haven’t got it, get Class Two at the Zoo for your children – if they are not of too nervous disposition.

An anaconda, the biggest snake in the world, is on the loose! Go to my Lesson Plans to find a Topic Web with lots more ideasfor using the book in school. You’ll also find a picture to colour.

Click here to see a clever librarian from Bighorn Library make a snake from craft foam.

It’s fun book with lots of value.

Winner of the Stockport Book Awards!


Illustrator Lynne Chapman and I had to go to a glitzy award ceremony at the Plaza Theatre in Stockport.

It was just like the Oscars with everyone – well all the ladies – in posh frocks and a nail-bitingly tense wait while the envelope were opened.

Lynne and I were SO excited when we won. We were both presented with a framed piece of art work. Mine was by Emily Forrest and it’s super – a terrific painting of the anaconda eating two victims.

We were supposed to go up on stage and give a speech, but the Early Years section had just been won by Nick Sharrat for NEVER USE A KNIFE AND FORK and he hadn’t given a speech.

Instead he balanced bagels on his head – yes really – so we thought we couldn’t just give a boring old speech after that. What were we to do?

Here’s what we did – a dramatic reading of our prize-winning book and it went down very well. (I’m in the spotty blouse.) How we loved the applause!

Afterwards we met the other winners, the Mayor of Stockport and lots of other important people, most importantly the children who voted for our book.



Published by Hodder. ISBN 978-0-340-91161-7