P Posted by Sandra on October 3 2013 0 Comments Dougie Poynter, McFLY, News

Fans ranging in age from three to 23 packed into the Guildhall to meet one half of McFly.
Lead singer Dougie Poynter and guitarist Tom Fletcher entertained audiences in Bath as part of the Bath Children’s Literature Festival.

The pair are better known for playing in pop band McFly, but now are causing a stir in the world of children’s literature with their new series The Dinosaur That Pooped.

After great success with their first book, The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas, Dougie and Tom appeared in Bath to read extracts from their latest book The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet.

As half of McFly they have sold more than 10 million records, and performed in front of thousands, but they say reading to children is more nerve racking.

Tom said: “We find it a lot more nerve wrecking reading in front of kids than performing in front of a few thousand people at our gigs., “Kids don’t lie, there are no polite smiles or laughs, if they don’t find it funny they just won’t laugh.
“With children you can tell on their faces if the stuff is not good.”

Fans ranging in age from three to 23 packed the Guildhall to listen to their idols, with many clutching a copy of the book for them to sign.

Three-year-old Ruby Meredith, from Peasedown St John said: “I like the book, it is funny because he poos.”

Mum Emma said: “Ruby has been so excited about coming today.

“We bought the tickets ages ago, and have been counting down the sleeps.

“She wants the books read to her every night, and knows them off by heart.”

Lily, aged seven, from Bristol said her favourite book was The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas.

She said: “He eats everyone. Then he poops them out.”

There were many McFly fans in the audience, who had followed the band since they released their first song.

Cara Venn, 24, from Keynsham said: “I love McFly, I have followed them for years.

“I have met the band a few times, they are all lovely guys.”

Emily Hicks, 16, travelled from Newport to meet Tom and Dougie.

She said: “I am so excited, I love all their songs.

“I have read the book and it is funny, it made me laugh.”

The dinosaur books are written in rhyme and follow the adventures of Danny, who is given a dinosaur to teach him a lesson for always wanting things to be more amazing, more exciting, and better than all of his friends.

He is left with nothing when the dinosaur eats Christmas, but things get better when the dinosaur poops it out because he has a heart.

The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas sold more than 72,000 copies and became the most popular debut children’s novel of 2012.

In the follow up book The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet Danny and the Dinosaur’s friendship has blossomed.

The idea for the book came from Dougie’s fascination with reptiles and Tom’s love of space, as well as having free time on tour while travelling to gigs.

Dougie said: “We got a lot of free time in the bus, and made up stories to amuse ourselves.
“We thought that if things made us laugh it would make children laugh, as we can be quite immature.”

Tom said that writing a book was not that much different from writing songs.

He said: “We are used to writing in rhymes from writing lyrics, so it came easily to us.

“However we have to take silly stuff out of our songs, but in our books we left the silly stuff in as it is the funny part.”

Illustrated by Garry Parsons the book contains poop, planets and pandemonium in a space adventure.

McFly are currently celebrating 10 years in the music business.

The boys – including Danny Jones and Harry Judd – are also working on their sixth studio album having recently recorded brand new tracks in Mexico.

Despite having travelled all over the world the boys enjoy being in their home country, and were pleased to be in Bath.

Tom said: “I visited Bath as a child, it is a lovely place, I forgot how beautiful it is.”

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