Cakes and pictures are not normally accompaniments to author signings in bookshops but young booklovers brought them to Waterstones in Gloucester’s Eastgate Street at the weekend.
They were there for a personal appearance by children and young adult’s author Cathy Cassidy.
Manager of the shop, Jo Hobbs said: “It was excellent, very successful indeed. There were dozens of children, mainly girls with the odd brother tagging along I think, and they were queuing to the door.
“They were aged from about 9 to 13 I’d say and they were extremely excited to see one of their writing heroes. Cathy inspires great loyalty in her readers and they brought cakes and pictures along to show her.”
Cathy has written 20 books and been nominated for the Queen of Teen awarded, voted for by young readers, three times, winning and being crowned in 2010.
Her latest series of books concerns the Chocolate Box Girls, a group of friends whose parents run a truffle business.
Jo said: “The numbers and excitement we had shows talk about reading being a dying art among the young to be greatly exaggerated.
“We hope this will be the first of many appearances by writers in the shop.”