I’m currently offering talks for years 4-8 which includes:
During the session I explain how real-life VICTORIANS, AIRSHIPS and AUTOMATA (clockwork robots), inspired my books. I talks about my love of FANTASTICAL FILM ROBOTS and explain how I combined all these exciting ideas to create a SUSPENSE-FILLED STORY.
In smaller groups (30 students or less) I finish up by teaching the students to make an ANIMATION FLIPBOOK. In larger group (60+) the talk ends with a BIG INTERACTIVE ROBOT QUIZ and some DRESSING UP! In the Q and A, or longer sessions, I like to talk about my inspiring family, my animation, and how I first got interested in writing stories.
"He really managed to captivate and entertain them with his fascinating insight into the world of an author. I would definitely recommend a visit from Peter Bunzl my children were enthused and motivated to write their own stories after this fantastic experience.”
Jo Clarke, Library Manager, Whitchurch C of E School.
"Peter was so engaging and professional in his presentation. He had a great rapport with the children and answered their questions beautifully. We covered everything from Charles Dickens and Jules Verne to Zoetropes and Zeppelins! I would thoroughly recommend Peter as an author for school visits.”
Gita Ralleigh, School Librarian, Whiteheath Junior School.
"Everything you want from a children’s author visit! It was inspiring, creative and fun. They loved hearing about the books and films that had inspired Peter’s debut book… Cogheart is an exciting adventure with friendship and bravery at its heart – a clever mix of historical and steampunk – it has a wide appeal. I loved it."
Anne Thompson, Prep Librarian, Notre Dame School
“A gem of a book.” — Katherine Woodfine, author of The Clockwork Sparrow
“A glittering clockwork treasure” — Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild Trilogy.
“An instant classic… full of thrills, spills, and mechanical foxes.” — Down the Rabbit Hole
“A steampunky tale of ambition, pursuit and revenge.” — The Guardian
“a gripping story” –“a steampunk adventure with a determined heroine and compelling twists” — Claire Hennessy, The Irish Times
“an imaginative tour-de-force” — Sinéad O’Hart, The Irish Times
“What if Earth were full of clockwork creatures instead of monsters? Cogheart goes beyond steam-punk to imagine a world as weirdly inventive as Philip Pullman’s Clockwork and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner… Marvellous fun for nine-plus readers.” — The New Statesman
“A magnificent, standout modern classic, an exhilarating epic that offers fun, adventure and pure escapism for anyone aged between nine and ninety. Not be missed!” — Lancashire Evening Post
“A really wonderful steampunk story that reminded me of Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines series. It’s pacy and exciting, and I loved the world that Peter has built.” — Robin Stevens, author of the Murder Most Unladylike series
“Vivid and gripping…a beautifully-drawn world and delicate detailing, as finely wrought as a watch’s workings.” — Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of Girl of Ink and Stars
“A delightfully badly behaved heroine, enthralling mechanicals and a stormer of a plot.” — Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dreamsnatcher
“A classic adventure in every way I love – machines, Victoriana and high, pulse-pounding thrills. It’s got real heart too.” — Rob Lloyd Jones, author of Wild Boy
“Totally bewitched me.” – Holly Bourne, author of Am I Normal Yet?
“One of my favourite debuts of the year. Murder, mystery and mayhem in a thrilling Victorian adventure.” — Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
“A magical and thrilling story. Prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime, a truly stunning debut.” –– Jo Clarke, Book Lover Jo
“WONDERFUL…a blend of Philip Pullman, Joan Aiken and Katherine Rundell. Don’t miss!” — Amanda Craig