Childrens’ television favourite Justin Fletcher tumbled into town today for a book signing at the Waterstone’s store in the Oracle. Justin, also known more affectionately to his fans as “Mr Tumble” was hosting a special book signing of “Justin’s Rhyme Time” and “Justin’s Chuckle Time” much to the delight of his younger fans who had queued in their hundreds from very early on Saturday morning eagerly awaiting Justin’s arrival.
The two books being promoted today are aimed at Justin’s main audience aged 3-5, with “Justin’s Rhyme Time” featuring favourite bedtime rhymes to be read out aloud and enjoyed together. “Justin’s Chuckle Time” is collection of Justin’s favourite jokes, over 200 in total, presented in a chunky, child-friendly format. Both books are available from all good retailers and would be the ideal stocking filler this Christmas for any child who loves Mr Tumble!
First in the queue for the book signing was seven year-old Daniel Jackson from Tilehurst. “I’ve been waiting since 7 o’ clock this morning!” he said. Dad, Nick, said: “Daniel loves the way Justin makes him laugh, as well as all his funny faces and characters. He’s been looking forward to this so much!”
Another family with giddy and excited children were the Sukul family from Reading. Four year-old Maya said: “I like Justin. He makes me laugh!” Maya’s six year-old brother Anil said: “Justin is so funny. I love it when he does the cookery show as Dina Lady on Gigglebiz!”
Pictures: Lynda Bowyer
Reading-born Justin first appeared on the nation’s television screens working on a programme called “The Fun Song Factory” at GMTV before rising to fame at the BBC, primarily for CBeebies, before going on to develop more programmes and roles such as Mr Tumble, Gail Force, Professor Muddles and many more. Justin now remains a firm favourite with the younger pre-school television viewers, and his books are another way of engaging with the children’s audience. With a clutch of BAFTA awards to his credit, Justin was also given the honour of an MBE during the Queen’s 2008 Birthday Honours List for “services to children’s broadcasting and the voluntary sector”.
Of being back in his home town at today’s book signing, Justin said: “It’s great to be here and so exciting to hear that people have been queuing from very early this morning for the book signing. I love the loyal support I always receive from my home town.”
Fans of Justin will also be able to catch up with him in his show “Justin Live!” which is at The Hexagon, Reading this autumn with a short burst of shows taking place on the weekend of 6 and 7 September, with performances at 11am and 3pm. The show promises to be a fun performance. Justin added: “It’s going to be a great show – a sort of ‘rock and roll’ for children. There’ll be lots of singing and dancing and loads of interaction from the audience from the moment I run on stage! I’ll have the audience up and dancing; it’s their show after all and of course no show is complete without plenty of slapstick!”
Tickets are on sale now via the Reading Arts’ Box Office website which can be found by clicking here.
To find out more about Justin, visit his website at www.justinfletcher.co.uk.