Hello internet! The Storytelling Festival ate my life for a couple of weeks there, hence my absence. It was a pretty rousting success, which I’d like to tell you about sometime, but first, we must have our Character Spark!
So today, in an effort to make up for a few neglected Character Spark Saturdays, it is my great pleasure to share with you an actual, real life Character Spark that is funded in part by the British government.
Basically, this shop is a front for a writing centre for kids and teens, where they can go and take classes in an effort to improve literacy. The front of the shop is set up like a store for monsters, in an effort to spark imaginations. What a cool idea, eh?
Can’t you just imagine the shopkeeper who would run a place like this? It reminds me of a series of books that I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I loved as a kid… the Magic Shop Books by Brian Coville. My favourite was Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher. I think the Monster Supply Store looks like the kind of place where you could get a dragon egg.
The Ministry of Stories is such a cool name for this project… it’s totally pulling from the Harry Potter crowd, and for a good cause! Smart!