Gijs van de Hammen and Hanneke Siemensma

The Children’s Bookshow allocates four free workshops for schools who attend a related theatre performance.

Join Gijs and Hanneke for a hands-on creative workshop focusing on the journey that the main character undertakes in their picture book Little Wise Wolf. Using chalks and templates provided the children will build their story telling techniques by drawing their own imaginative world or landscape through which the little wise wolf will wander.

Suitable for:
Years 2 and 3

The children got their books today - they were so excited, we put in the book plates that you gave us, the children even took the books outside during playtime today to share the poems with their friends!!

A teacher in Manchester

What you need to know

Length of workshop:
Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes
Location of workshop:
We will come to your school
Number of children:
Workshops are for a class of 30 children
Suitable for:
Years 2 and 3

Please note, a teacher must be present throughout the workshop

Materials needed

  • Flipchart or whiteboard
  • Pens and paper for the children

Book a related theatre performance to be eligible for one of four free workshops

This workshop is allocated to a school attending a specific theatre performance with 30 or more children; visit the performance page to find out more and book:

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About Gijs van der Hammen

Photo of Gijs van der Hammen

Gijs van der Hammen was born in The Netherlands in 1974. He studied Dutch literature at the University of Amsterdam. Now Gijs writes both stories and poems for children and he also develops websites. Little Wise Wolf, published by Book Island, is his first book published in the UK. It’s a wonderful story about how a little wolf, engrossed in learning, slowly comes to realise that the world outside his books is just as important as the world in his books.

More about Gijs van der Hammen

Previous workshops with Gijs van der Hammen

About Hanneke Siemensma

Photo of Hanneke Siemensma

Hanneke Siemensma studied Dutch literature in Amsterdam and then Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. She is now addicted to the smell and feel of paint, brushes, charcoal and paper, and has a weakness for patterns and old photos.

More about Hanneke Siemensma

Previous workshops with Hanneke Siemensma

On the day

  • Please inform your school receptionist that our artist will be arriving so they can be welcomed warmly.
  • A teacher must be present throughout the workshop.
  • Make sure that all the materials that our artist has requested are ready and available.
  • Please let us know if any of the children have particular requirements, and ensure that their normal carer is present.
  • The offer of a cup of tea is often greatly appreciated!

Have any questions? Get in touch

Marian Keen-Downs

Your contact for this performance is Marian Keen-Downs, she will be happy to answer any queries you have:

07572 825704