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Voting in the “Nobby Travels National Children’s Book Review” competition, which was launched by former Blue Peter presenter Matt Baker on 20th February 2008, opens to the public on Sunday 1st June 2008. See

Over 10,000 of the UK’s primary school children entered the competition in an effort to win £1,000 for their school and a range of prizes for themselves. Judges for the competition included some of the most influential leaders from the publishing world, such as the CEO of Penguin (UK) and the Managing Director of Chorion.

The creators of the competition (and authors of the popular children’s series “Nobby Travels”) are husband and wife team Darren & Julia Spence. The couple first found fame in October last year when they showcased their Nobby Travels books on the hit BBC show Dragons’ Den - and have since gone from strength to strength.

Commenting on the competition Darren said, “The response to the competition has been overwhelming and the effort that some children have gone to with their reviews has been quite incredible. We never expected such creativity and enthusiasm from the many schools, parents and children who entered so we want to thank everyone who’s taken part. When we launched the competition back in February we wanted to try and inspire more children to read books, and after reading every entry it’s clear that many children did indeed choose to read and review books they’ve never read before - which is just fantastic and was exactly what we were hoping to achieve. We are delighted by the response and wish all the shortlisted schools and children the very best of luck.”

The competition was launched on 20th February 2008 and children were asked to read and review any book of their choice. Entries needed to be in by 17th May 2008, with the best 40 being unveiled on 1st June at Voting ends on 30th June with the winners being announced on 1st July.


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Darren Spence
Tel: 07771 598 578

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