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Linds, I've got an apology to make!
-I've brought the weather with me from the Winter Olympics,
-we've even got snow.
-You did! It's freezing -
but you can stay inside and keep nice and warm now
for our World Book Day special, and we're going to be dressing up.
-I'm so excited! Radz, you'll need this.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
You are watching the Blue Peter Book Special.
-Look who's back, it's Radzi!
-How could I miss this, the Blue Peter Book Awards?
-And I'm dressed like a twit.
-That's because I am a twit.
In fact, thousands of you voted for us to get dressed
-up as something and, by 0.2%, you voted for this.
-Wow, it's close!
Oliver Twist. The Twins... No, The Twits.
That's right - and don't we look spectacular?
Look at these outfits!
There's actual porridge in your beard, Radzi. You look amazing.
-Linds, it's cornflakes.
-We're not the only ones who've dressed up.
We were meant to be joined by some young BP judges
from the book awards.
They can't be here, unfortunately, because of the snow,
but they're here in spirit.
Hi! Oh, there they are!
Don't they look amazing? What have you come dressed as?
Hi, I'm Talia, and today I've come as Little Red Riding Hood.
I'm the Mad Hatter.
I came as Burt from the book Ratburger.
I'm dressed as Fantastic Mr Fox.
Don't you just love him?
I have come as Willy Wonka.
And I'm dressed up as Gangsta Granny. Yeah!
-Those are so good!
-Quite frankly, I now feel underdressed,
-but, man, I've got a belly.
We're going to be announcing the winner
of the Blue Peter Book Awards 2018, and I can't wait!
It's going to be good.
Two of these six books, you can see right here,
are going to be winning a BP Book Award. Make sure you keep watching.
They've been voted for by over 500 of you. So thanks for voting.
-Linds, I've missed her.
-She's called Shirley...
-Aw, she's missed you!
..and today she's reading a book. Where is she?
Spot her, and then we'll tell you who was first.
But first I think we should find out
why the Blue Peter Book Awards are so special.
The Blue Peter Book Awards
has been bringing you a bonanza of book-based brilliance
for an incredible 18 years.
Now, it's time to announce the winners
of the Blue Peter Book Awards...
In that time, it's featured some huge names from the world of words.
The legend, Michael Morpurgo!
The Snail And The Whale is my favourite of the books
that Axel and I have done together.
It's brought together some expert judging panels...
I'm looking for great imagination,
I'm looking for some magic.
When you pick it up, you just want to read the next page.
I'm looking for humour, diversity and originality.
..and the winner's always revealed on the biggest book day of the year.
-Get reading for World Book Day!
But, most importantly of all,
it's been decided by the best judges on the planet - you guys.
I thought it was really well written.
And it's got loads of cliffhangers in it.
And they can all learn something out of the book.
I loved it.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Let's do it, and let's find out who's won
the Blue Peter Book Award 2018. The best book with facts.
Let's have a look at the nominees.
First up, we've got Corpse Talk, Ground-Breaking Scientists,
by Adam and Lisa Murphy.
Next, it's Real-life Mysteries by Susan Martineau,
illustrated by Vicky Barker.
And Beyond The Sky: You And The Universe
by Dara O Briain,
illustrated by Dan Bramall.
Well, let's see what the judges thought.
Today I am talking about Corpse Talk.
I liked this book because it was a comic
and it made people come back to life.
My favourite factual book is Real-Life Mysteries,
because it has many facts about the ocean and space,
and many other interesting things.
Beyond The Sky is an amazing book.
Funny, because it's full of funny jokes,
and facts about space.
Well, over 500 children were judges in 12 schools up and down the UK -
but there can only be one winner. Who is it?
And the winner of the best book with facts is...
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Aw, here they are, Susan Martineau and Vicky Barker!
-Guys, welcome to BP! Radzi's doing a happy dance!
-Oh, thank you!
-Here are your beautiful awards!
Susan, how are you feeling?
Oh, I'm so thrilled.
Especially as it was Blue Peter viewers who voted for us.
So, thanks to them, and finally I've got my very own Blue Peter badge.
-It's pretty special, isn't it?
And Vicky, you're pretty special, because your illustrations
in this book are off the charts, as Radzi would say -
and there's a lot of them. Did you have a favourite?
So many cool spreads to choose from,
but I think anything to do with the weird and wonderful creatures,
the deep sea monsters and Bigfoot, I think they were my favourite.
Well, amazing. Can we hear it for them one more time?
Well done, both of you!
Radzi is very happy.
Now, that got us thinking - how strong, physically, are books?
Well, we put books and science to the test, on an epic scale.
Have a look.
We're in a top-secret facility
because I'm taking on a very special challenge.
We're putting the laws of physics to the test.
We're going to be taking on one of its most famous forces,
to push science to the limit.
In 2017, the BBC launched Terrific Scientific,
which is all about getting us excited by science.
We wanted to get involved in the biggest way possible,
so I've called upon science expert Greg Foot
to help us test the powers of friction.
Greg, I'm so glad you're here to help out.
Firstly, please tell me - what exactly is friction?
Right, so whenever you take two objects,
and they touch or they rub together,
-you get a force of friction between them.
-Try this, rub your hands together.
-What do you feel?
-They're getting hot?
so you're having to put in energy to overcome that friction,
and some of that energy is getting transferred into heat,
which you can feel.
OK, so how do we actually test friction?
I thought you'd never ask.
-What exactly is this?
-I've wanted to do this for ages.
This is the recreation of a very famous experiment
that takes two books, and then it interleaves the pages together.
You take the bottom page from this book, then you put the bottom page
-from this book on top of it.
-Then a page from this,
and a page from this. Wrapping the pages on top of each other,
interleaving them, and you're left with that...
..and they lock together, like...
-I can't imagine how many hours that takes.
-Oh, so long!
For this test, we're using two chunky books, and the rubber band
is there purely to keep the book covers from flopping about.
It's going to take a massive force to pull it apart.
Yeah, but the question is, how massive?
Well, we need something quite a lot stronger than us, that's for sure.
How about two vans, which will drive in opposite directions
to try and pull the books apart?
And what I've done is, I've put in this thing.
This is called a load cell.
What this is going to do is tell us the maximum amount of force
that these vans are pulling
on either side of this bad boy book rig.
What's going to happen? Is it going to rip? Is it going to survive?
-There's only one way to find out.
-Three, two, one.
Look at that!
She is smoking!
-Let's see what happened!
-Let's go in, are we good?
-Is it safe yet?
-We're going in, guys!
-OK. I can't believe this didn't break.
So, what does that mean?
That is like hanging 18 adults off this book rig -
-but you know what? I think we can take this bigger.
-What do you mean?
To be honest, you really do not want to know.
Greg has a super-sized experiment
that will really test these books.
And it's all going to take place at the home of Blue Peter,
at Media City in Salford.
So, Greg, we've built our own mini Media City here.
My plan is, I want to dangle you
underneath those interweaved books,
attach the other end to a zip wire,
OK? So, this is you here...
..and then send you 235 metres down a zip wire,
all the way down into the piazza.
Dangling using nothing but friction.
-Is this a joke? Are you joking?
I actually can't get my head around that.
This is a proper, proper Blue Peter challenge.
It doesn't get more extreme than this.
This challenge is so big we need another presenter -
someone with nerves of steel...
..and a matching suit. We need Radzi.
As we get into position, 35 metres up, it all becomes sickeningly real.
I didn't think it was that high -
and now that we're up here, looking down to where I need to go...
-Oh, my tummy just went.
-That's a long way!
-My tummy just went.
I feel a bit sick. I'm not going to look for a sec...
-I'm going to look this way.
-Do you want a push?
No, I don't.
Come on, it's not bad as you reckon now, you know that.
-You ready to go?
-You look ready to me.
-Oh... No, no, no, no.
I feel really scared. Do I...? What do you do?
Keep my arm here a minute. So, you come and shuffle to my arm.
Why are we trusting a book to get me to the other...?!
Oh, I just looked over again.
Here we go, here we go, here we go.
Just the friction between those pages!
I'm going so fast!
I cannot believe that worked!
-How was it, Linds?
Get me off, get me off!
-Mate, that was amazing. You know what?
The speed really picked up. About halfway through,
that went from being fine to,
"Actually, how am I going to stop?"
The whole way, I was like, "Come on, science! Come on, friction!"
Science did it! Question is, is science going to hold Radzi?
I wasn't nervous at all watching Lindsey,
but now I know I'm using the same books that she used,
and the weather's getting worse, and it's raining.
Well, think what normally happens when paper gets wet.
-It gets all soggy and mushy.
-Yeah, and it tears easily.
I don't think it's going to be able to take as much load on it.
Oh, don't say that, Greg. Come on. Come on, Radz. I think he's near.
I'm going to do it! Wish me luck.
So, will two soggy books hold Radzi's weight
for 235 metres
at speeds of over 25 miles per hour?
Cue the countdown.
We are flying! Whoo!
-Hey! Greg, you're right, it works!
Thank you, books!
Even with the rain, even with you doing it first, it works!
Still, I told you, there is so much friction between all those pages.
-That is my kind of science!
-Greg, thank you so much for keeping us safe.
-You're very welcome.
Thank you to all the team.
I guess that's what I call Terrific Scientific.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
-Why did the nostril cross the road?
-I don't know.
OK, I had to take it off, it was tickling my shnoz. Right, come on.
Linds, let's find out who won the Blue Peter Book Award 2018,
-The Best Story.
-All right, the nominees are...
The Island At The End Of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave,
Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans,
and The Wizards Of Once by Cressida Cowell.
What did the judges think?
I think my favourite one is The Island At The End Of Everything,
because it's sad,
but it's also fiction AND non-fiction,
and I like them type of books.
My favourite book was Wed Wabbit,
because it had a great storyline,
and it was absolutely amazing and so entertaining.
My favourite book was Wizards Of Once,
because it was well written,
had great illustrations and was funny.
Lee, Charlie, Poppy, legends!
There could only be one winner. Who was it?!
And the winner of the Best Story book is...
..The wizards Of Once!
Amazing! And Cressida Cowell's here right now. Welcome!
-Here she is! Mind the wig, Cressida, mind the wig!
-I'm so happy! Sorry!
-Here's your Blue Peter badge.
-Oh, thank you so much!
-You've already got your gold badge!
Thank you so much to all the kids who voted for Wizards.
I'm so happy, I can't tell you how happy I am.
-We can tell how happy you are!
-I'm very happy!
You're always very kind when you come on to Blue Peter,
because we've given you something, but you've got an exclusive for us.
Oh, yes. I'm going to tell you, right here,
the name of the sequel, the second book in Wizards Of Once,
which is coming out in September!
-OK, Radzi's already happy!
-What's the name of your next book, Cressida?
-The name is...
..Wizards Of Once: Twice Magic!
-It's even better!
Another book award, maybe? Can you tell us what it's about?
-Are we allowed a little tease?
-Well, just a tiny...
Yes, Xar is a wizard who has no magic -
when I was a kid, I always really wanted to be magic -
and Wish is a warrior who has a magical secret,
and at the beginning, Xar is stuck in the prison of Gormengragg.
-Dot, dot, dot.
-Spoiler - dot, dot, dot!
Cliffhanger, we love it.
Well, a massive round of applause for Cressida Cowell!
-And, of course...
Also, massive round of applause, as well, to Susan and Vicky.
You can catch all three of those legends on the Fan Club
straight after the show,
so get typing your questions, please, people.
That's right. Now, of course, the whole point of the BP Book Awards
is to get you into reading, to get you loving books -
and a book that has been loved for so long
is The Tiger Who Came To Tea -
written, of course, by the wonderful Judith Kerr.
So I went to pay her a visit,
to give her a very special award of her own.
-Have a look.
-My beard itches.
To celebrate World Book Day,
I'm on my way to meet a very special author,
one who's written some incredibly famous books
and inspired a generation of readers.
Judith Kerr's books have been family favourites for decades.
You may know her from the iconic Mog series,
or for The Tiger Who Came To Tea,
which, this year, celebrates its 50th birthday.
I'm going to meet her -
but before I do, I want to find out what makes her books so special,
at this school in London.
Guys, what do you love so much about Judith Kerr's books?
That they're not just for little kids.
All ages can join in with it.
When I was little, I used to have all the Mog books,
and I used to read them a lot.
Why do you think The Tiger Who Came To Tea is just the best book ever?
In a way, the mum is being a little bit silly
-letting a tiger into the house, which...
Which, like, why, if a tiger came up at your door, would you let it in?
It's really funny, and you can't just stop reading it -
like, I think I've read it, like, ten times in one day,
like, every day.
But before I go, there's just time to record a quick message.
-We love your books, Judith!
That was great!
And then it's off to her studio to meet the author herself.
-Hello, Judith, how are you?
You have written some incredible books over the years.
Do you have a favourite, though?
I hope I'm getting better, so I always like the last one.
Which was about a cat called Katinka. Katinka's Tail.
And can you believe that The Tiger Who Came To Tea
is actually turning 50 years old? What does that feel like?
It was a big, pleasant surprise to me when they published it,
so 50 years is rather amazing.
It was really a story I made up for my daughter,
and I put in everything she liked.
Including tigers, which we'd seen at the zoo.
Not only does Judith write her books, she also illustrates them,
and has made us something unique.
-As you know, Blue Peter turns 60 this year.
So you've actually created something really special for us, haven't you?
Can I have a look?
Ah! It's our very own tiger, with a Blue Peter badge,
and I like how he's wearing it.
Well, I didn't think it would be very kind
to sort of pin it into his fur,
so I thought he'd have a sort of necklace to wear it.
I really like that. You've still got the tail to do, I see.
-Well, only the stripes.
Could you show me how you do those?
Well, I use a black crayon,
and I make little lines like that.
Would you like to have a go?
-OK, here we go. No pressure.
-Do one there.
-And just go along the tail?
-That's it. Very good. Yes.
-There we have it.
He looks quite proud of himself, that tiger.
Well, he didn't know whether he'd get a badge or not, for what he did.
To mark two big birthdays,
Judith has created an original drawing of a character
that's been around almost as long as BP.
Well, Judith, that's looking amazing -
and I went to visit a school this morning
and they were big fans of yours,
and we've actually got a little surprise for you here.
-We love your books, Judith!
-Aw! Well, isn't that lovely?
-So there you go.
How lovely, thank you so much.
But that isn't the only surprise.
Over the years, Judith's books have touched the lives
of millions of children -
and we think that deserves something special.
We'd actually like to award you our highest accolade here on Blue Peter,
your very own gold Blue Peter badge.
-Oh, my goodness.
-There you go.
It's a solid little boat.
And that's our highest accolade, so the Queen has one...
Well, any time I meet the Queen, we'll have a word about it.
That's absolutely beautiful. Well, thank you so much.
What better way to celebrate World Book Day than a legendary author
and The Tiger Who Came To BP?
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Aw, it was such an honour to meet Judith Kerr, really special woman -
and here it is, the picture she actually did for us.
Thank you so much to Judith -
and speaking of amazing pictures, check out the big badge wall,
covered in all of your glorious posts!
I want to draw your attention to this, it's by Phoebe.
She's earned her very own silver badge and, if I open it up,
it's The Time Travel Adventure of Shells.
We open it up and it's Shelley landing on the moon
and other glorious things. Thank you for sending that in.
-Radz, where's the beard?!
-It's gone, Linds. It was the quickest shave
-I've ever had.
-We're losing parts!
Two weeks ago, you might remember, I did a challenge,
an old school BP challenge, where I climbed a dam.
Well, Dan and Kai, you've recreated it - perfectly.
Absolutely awesome, and you've both got yourself a blue badge.
-Well done, boys.
-Thank you so much for all your amazing posts.
Keep it coming in to the usual address -
and also, don't forget to apply for one of these!
It is, of course... OOHING
Yeah, that's right! It's the diamond badge.
Get those applications in ASAP, people.
If you've got yourself a BP badge of any hue of the rainbow,
then you can get yourself in to over 200 attractions across the UK.
Now you've got to check the website,
because the terms and conditions may change.
-While you're there, why don't you take a look at this also?
I want you to have a go at making your own toast art.
Favourite football trick? That one. Not with a hood on, though.
# Excuse me, you're a hell of a guy
# I mean, my, my, my, my you're like pelican fly
# I mean, you're so shy and I'm loving your tie... #
She blinks a lot, like that - and then sometimes goes...
# Slicker than the guy with the thing on his eye. #
Amazing. It's all on the BP website.
Speaking of websites, why don't you head to the CBBC website?
There's a brand-new update, actually, from Steve Backshall
and how he's getting on with his amazing challenge. Go check it out.
-Not before you head to the BP website...
..and you can get one of these.
Print out one of these beautiful templates that Radzi's holding.
They're called a Trainer Template,
and these are really important for one very special reason.
-It's alliteration, Linds, I like to go for it.
Now, we want to get 1 million steps from you. How?
Well, by downloading this form and telling us how far you've travelled.
You can walk, you can wheel, you can run, you can scoot.
You can skite... Skite? You can kite, you can soar,
-you can do whatever you want to do.
No matter how far you go, tell us how far you're going to go.
With all those miles, we'll convert those into steps.
-With those steps, we'll put them onto this.
-Our very own totaliser.
-It's going to look good -
and you're not on your own, because, actually, on Monday,
Radzi and I are starting our very own mega-mileathon,
where we're taking on 26 miles, is this right?
With lots of you up and down the country.
You're going to be getting involved. Cannot wait.
Check the BP website for the regular updates and the deets.
Well, you can also see us vlog, by the way,
so you can see exactly how well we're doing -
and on the 22nd of March, you'll find out exactly how far we've come.
-We'll put it all together for our Sport Relief special.
It's a bit tough in a fat suit, but I'm getting the steps in.
-I need to get some steps in so I'll start now,
as I transition this way, because no World Book Day
would be complete without a performance.
So we've gone and got the cast of Metta Theatre
and the cast of Little Mermaid!
-How are you?
-We're great. Super excited to be here.
So, I've seen the film The Little Mermaid,
but the actual book is 181 years old,
made by, is it, Hans Christian Andersen?
That's right. It's a classic.
So, we're taking the classic and we're reimagining it a little bit.
I've turned it into a circus musical with live music, songs,
dance and, most of all, circus.
So, we open next month, we're touring all over the UK
and then we finish in London with a three-week run.
It is very, very exciting.
What can you tell us about the story in a brief outline?
So, in a nutshell, the little mermaid is fascinated
by the human world, and on her 16th birthday,
her five sisters finally give her permission to rise above.
She sees a man, the prince, and it's love at first sight.
So she dives down to the bottom of the sea, to the sea witch,
and asks the sea witch to transform her tail into legs
so she can be with the prince, but it all goes a little bit wrong.
Oh, dear. Well, you guys look fantastic, by the way.
We're going to get to see a performance.
What are you going to show us?
We're going to show that moment of transformation
where she goes to the sea witch, the sea witch casts her spell,
she sacrifices her tail and gets her human legs.
Well, I cannot wait see that.
I'll let you guys get ready, but I think Linds is already prepared.
That's right, I'm hanging out with my book pals over here.
Just before that, time to let you know all about Spot Shelley.
So, where was she hiding?
-In Radzi's beard.
-She loved your beard, didn't she?
-I know, more than I did.
-It was very, very itchy.
-Yes, it was itchy!
And, Cressida, who spotted her?
-Oh, Beige Running Bear.
-Well done, Beige Running Bear.
-Straight after the show, jump onto the Fan Club,
where you can ask any of these three legends a question
straight after the show. Get your questions in, people.
I'm very hot in this wig.
Luckily, that's nearly it for today,
but do make sure you are watching next week.
We're getting cheesy.
That's right, I put cheese in a cave a year ago,
and we're going to be digging it up and tasting it.
We are. We're also going to be looking at a very special
Sport Relief project with kids from abroad.
And there's a Mother's Day make. Make sure you're watching -
but, for now, it's the wonderful
The Little Mermaid. See you next week, bye!
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