Autumn performances 2022 › Hull

Jon Agee performance

We're very excited that author and illustrator Jon Agee will be travelling to the UK all the way from San Francisco to perform for us. In this playful and fun event Jon will take centre stage and draw live for the audience, telling stories from his books and improvising pictures with imaginative suggestions from the children. He will talk about his book, The Wall in the Middle of the Book, a funny and thought-provoking story of false perceptions and preconceived notions. The main character, a little knight, thinks that the wall keeps him safe, but we soon realise that he’s in for a surprise. Jon will describe his process of creating a book: how he conceives a story, the way it evolves, what happens if he hits a snag, where he finds inspiration, and how he frees up his imagination – all vital knowledge for budding young authors and illustrators!

EVERY child attending this performance will receive a **FREE** copy of *The Wall in the Middle of the Book* to take home and keep! cover

EVERY child attending this performance will receive a FREE copy of The Wall in the Middle of the Book to take home and keep!

Hull New Theatre, Kingston Square, Hull , HU1 3HF
Thursday 13th October
10:30 am
Approx. 1 hour
Age range:
Years 1, 2 and 3
£6 per child, teachers FREE

Jon Agee

Jon Agee is the well known author and illustrator of over 30 picture books including Terrific, Milo’s Hat Trick and most recently the acclaimed, The Wall in the Middle of the Book. He grew up in Nyack, New York, just up the street from the Hudson River. As a child he always had an art project on the go. He made picture books, comics, and – as a ten-year old, living in England – flip-books out of London tube ticket stubs. His fascination with language led to a slew of wordplay books, including four collections of palindromes, most notably: Go Hang a Salami! I’m a Lasagna Hog!

Praise for The Wall in the Middle of the Book

This picturebook from the launch list of Scallywag Press demonstrates how much can be done with few words and simple pictures… The book also has a wider resonance: about demonising strangers, preconceived ideas and the folly of a wall.

The Sunday Times


You can watch this inteview with Jon where he talks about his book It's Only Stanley

Book tickets for an event and receive two free books for your classroom

How to book tickets

Free Workshops!

The Children’s Bookshow will allocate four free in-classroom workshops to schools attending this performance with 30 or more children. Book tickets for this event to have a chance of being chosen to receive this fantastic opportunity.

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We feel it is so beneficial for our children to have the opportunity to meet authors and to hear them talk about their work. The children themselves are so enthusiastic about reading after these events that we feel they are an invaluable contribution towards our children becoming both skilled readers and lovers of reading.

A teacher in Liverpool

The details

  • Please arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes before the start of the performance, so that you have enough time to find your seats and and use the bathroom. Our start times are strictly governed by the theatres that we work with and by the start and end times of the school day. If you are unavoidably delayed, please get in touch with your Children’s Bookshow contact as soon as possible.
  • Depending on the time of the performance, you may want your children to bring a packed lunch. (Please contact the theatre directly to check if there is a suitable space.)
  • Parking facilities vary from theatre to theatre; please check the theatre website for details.
  • Please contact the theatre directly for risk assessment information.
  • Please ensure your children have visited the bathroom before the show starts, or ask them to wait until after the performance ends. A constant stream of children getting up to go to the toilet is very distracting for our performers and other members of the audience.

Still have questions? You can find our FAQs here.

Have any questions? Get in touch

Jo Daley

Your contact for this performance is Jo Daley, she will be happy to answer any queries you have:

07769 216493