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Six incredible books!
Two coveted awards!
Who will be victorious?
This is the Blue Peter Book Awards World Book Day special!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Hello, hello, hello,
and welcome to what we want to call a very special live Blue Peter.
It's World Book Day and we are celebrating,
like so many of you across the UK.
With a giant elephant puppet!
Yeah... ELEPHANT TRUMPETS
That's what I said.
Yeah, there she is.
I actually meant because we've dressed up as some of our fave book
characters. As you can see, I've come as the lovely
Perdita from Dodie Smith's 101 Dalmatians.
I'm giving you a little look - I've got spotty trainers on.
-I like it.
-Best day of my life.
If you want to see the transformation from Linds to Perdi,
it's on the BP website.
-You're look very nice there.
-Oh, that was quick!
-That was very quick.
-It actually took ages.
-You're looking haunted there, almost
-I have come as Dennis the Menace and, Mum,
I forgot to pluck my eyebrows!
-But let's talk about Barney, though.
-I think you look lovely.
Barney has done something, dressed up as something rather special.
I say special, because all week you have been voting for it on
the Blue Peter website, and if on Tuesday you were on the Fan Club,
you'll already know what that costume is.
But do we want to see that costume?
-Barney, get yourself out here, my friend.
-Come on, Barns!
MUSIC: Dude Looks Like A Lady by Aerosmith
How are you doing?
Yes, I am The Boy In The Dress courtesy of David Walliams' story.
Thank you so much for voting online, everybody.
I'm really happy to be here.
The bit that makes it is the hairy legs with the little pumps.
My grandma looks exactly the same when she goes out on a Sunday.
-Don't be naughty. Stop it.
-Do you know what?
It's not just been us that looks absolutely fantastic today -
-we've got this lovely lot.
-Let's start with yourself - what's your name?
Jessica, and what have you come dressed as? I think I know.
Let's talk about this outfit for a second. You've got your umbrella,
-the ribbon, absolutely everything. Ten out of ten?
Let's talk about you, what have you come dressed as?
-Well done. And at the back, what have you come as?
Linds, there's a lot of action over here and I like it a lot.
-I know. There's loads of colour. What's your name?
OK, yes. Very nicely said. And what have you come as?
-Fantastic Mr Fox.
-Well, I like that you're looking at the cameras.
You're really nailing that look. You look fantastic.
-And what's your name?
-And what have you come as?
-And is that real mud that you've wiped on your cheeks?
Well done. You've committed to the outfit - we like that a lot.
This is just a selection of the 400 children that have been getting in
touch to vote for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2017.
On today's show we're going to be announcing the Best Story and the
Best Book with Facts, and to help us do that, two stars,
two of our favourite guests ever.
One of them is an actor, he's a genius, he's a legend, he's a
rapper, he's a movie star, he's an author and he's brought his
friend with him, who is one of the best illustrators I've ever seen,
and also probably the nicest guy I've ever met.
Please welcome Ben Bailey Smith and Sav Akyuz.
-How are you doing?
-Good to see you.
-Maintaining eye contact,
So let's talk about the last time we met - the Awesome Authors event.
-And we talked about I Am Bear, your book that you did together.
-It's such a good book.
-Since then what have you been up to?
We've been taking that book around, we met with thousands of kids
and we've been talking about how to develop stories through music and
live illustration and we've been sharing that with all sorts, around
-I can imagine it being a great pairing with you two,
-because you're a master of words and rhyme...
-Thank you very much.
And, Sav, you draw these stories. Is it hard to tell a story
-using just pictures?
-It's actually really exciting.
There's nothing more exciting than getting a text in and trying to
bring it to life through the pictures, and that's what we did
together. When Ben sent me the text for I Am Bear, the challenge was to
take his already funny rhymes and try and make them a bit funnier.
My favourite picture is the purple suit, with the zip on the back -
it's genius, that. So, what are you going to do today to help us
announce the Blue Peter Book Awards?
We thought we'd combine those skills, you know? Sav's incredible
illustrations, my rhyming ability - we thought why not explain the
nominees, share them with everyone through that.
Sounds amazing. Best Book with Facts coming up very soon -
stay tuned for that.
Hello. We're back. I had a tail malfunction.
I've had to stick it back on.
Now, let's talk about Michael Morpurgo's Running Wild.
This is an incredible book. It's based on a true story about a little
girl called Lily who rides into the Indonesian jungle on the back of an
elephant. And that is all to escape a very scary tsunami.
The question is, can she survive on her own in the rainforest?
That incredible story's now been turned into a show.
We're lucky enough to have the cast right here on Blue Peter. For the
very first time on television ever, welcome Running Wild!
You know, Oona, I've been thinking, it's about Mum and Dad.
Dad's not here and he never will be, and I wonder if Mum...
No, we'll find Mum, we will, but the thing is...
..till then, I have you.
As long as we're together, I'll be OK. We're not going to die
because I can sleep on your back when the ground's wet,
and I know how to rub sticks together to make a fire,
and obviously I'm champion fisherman of the whole world...
OONA BLOWS A RASPBERRY
Thanks a bunch(!)
Oh, hello, orang-utan, what's your game?
Are you following us?
ORANGUTAN GIBBERS ANGRILY
It's all right.
I'm not going to hurt you.
See, I'm your friend.
Look at you, then!
Hey, that's my ear.
We're sort of the same, you know? We've both got hair,
though mine's not red.
And we've got hands, and feet.
You're a bit human and I'm a bit animal.
Hmm, what's your name, then?
I suppose it's going to have to be Frank Lampard.
That's your mum, isn't it, Frank?
We have to find my mum.
We'll go back to the coast and we'll find her, both of us.
Yes, yes, yes! Big round of applause for Running Wild, my peoples!
That's what I'm talking about.
Now, we're also lucky enough to be joined by friend of Blue Peter,
also one of the puppet designers and directors - it's Toby Olie.
Toby, welcome to Blue Peter. First of all, what an absolute show
that was. But why puppets, what made you decide to choose that?
Running Wild has a really important message of deforestation and its
consequences, so puppetry's a really exciting way to engage an audience,
particularly a young audience, in that story.
And our puppets, whilst they look naturalistic, they're sort of not
fully formed. Oona herself doesn't have any legs connecting her feet
and body, so we actually ask the audience to engage with their
imaginations to almost fill in the blanks and participate in the story.
It really is fantastic. India, come on, step forward here, because
you absolutely smashed that out of the park. What's it like
performing with not real human actors, but puppets?
It's extraordinary. When you stare at the puppets you just forget
that there's puppeteers behind them, and they just come to life.
They really do come to life. And, Toby, how do you do that?
-How do you make them look so realistic?
-The key, when you're
operating a lot of puppets that have more than one operator, which our
puppets in the show do, is breath. So all four puppeteers of Oona
breathe together, and you can see the puppet doing it itself. And so,
because they're breathing in unison they can make choices, whether
that's changing emotion or changing direction.
So Oona can go from being very angry....
..to very nervous...
..to very tired and exhausted.
By breathing together it allows them to make those choices.
-It really is incredible. You are actually on tour right now.
The puppets look quite delicate - how do you transport them?
A lot of tender love and care. They definitely get a workout in the
show every night and for the next few months. But they've got a team
looking after them and the puppeteers take great care of them.
And we're on tour until June the tenth, and next stop is Sheffield.
Well, all the very best with that.
And, once more, a massive round of applause for Running Wild!
Now, though, it's time for the moment we've all been waiting for -
it's time to find out the winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2017
for Best Book with Facts.
Ben and Sav, it's over to you.
That's right. 2017 Blue Peter Book Awards.
We're going to look at the facts section first and foremost, OK?
Let's break it down like this, all right? Now,
let's start with the fact category.
Now, fact books are just books that haven't got a story.
And yes, I guess if you want that in your face,
you could maybe go for Destination: Space.
But it's not by the Doc, it's by a doctor.
And the illustrations by Tom are pretty proper.
If I'm honest, probably not as good as Sav's,
but I'm biased and he's the only illustrator I have.
Still, if you want to be a solar system buff,
there's facts about stars, moons, planets and stuff.
Now, if you're the physical type and want to look cool
how about this book here on football?
It's called Football School Where Football Explains The World.
Oh, yeah? Quite a claim there. Spike's done the pictures.
Words are by Alex and Ben, I see.
Bet you I could beat them with a penalty.
And they'd never get the ball past me,
or Sav playing in goal - he's like eight foot three!
Next up is Survivors: Extraordinary Tales From the Wild and Beyond
by David Long. Kerry Hyndman providing the pics
about brave folk getting out of a fix.
Even when in danger, not getting rattled,
I wonder if David could beat me in a battle.
Well, that's the fact category.
Good luck to one and all. Who's the best? We'll see.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
That was so cool!
There were some amazing nominees, there, for the Best Book With Facts.
And that very tough decision was made by over 400 kids across the UK
in 12 different schools. We've got some pro judges with us here, right
now. Now, firstly, you look incredible. Secondly, what is your
-And who have you come as, Lily May?
The Mad Hatter.
I love that crimping is back in, everyone. This is fantastic.
Now, who did you vote for?
-And why is that?
-Because it's...it's a wild story.
-Wild? We like a wild story.
-Safia, you look wicked - who have you come as?
-Little Red Riding Hood.
You look fab. Let's talk about Destination: Space.
What do you think of that?
I really liked the facts and I probably liked the pictures as well.
-I also like that cake, there. Is that a real cake?
-Can I eat it, please?
I'll have a bit. Linds, I'll eat while you talk.
OK, yeah, classic Radz.
-Let's come over this way. Is your name Josh?
And, as if we need to ask who you've come as, but tell us anyway.
-Yes! You should hide later in the show
and we'll try and spot you. It'll be like Spot Shelley.
-Now, you voted for Football School, didn't you?
Why? What's great about it?
-Because it talks a lot about football.
-And are you a big
-Who do you support?
Wahey! Liverpool fans? CHEERING
Well, of course, there can only be one winner
so, Ben and Barns, over to you.
Thanks very much.
-That's a great double act name - Ben and Barns!
-We could fight crime.
-Let's do it. Follow it through.
So, the winner of the 2017 Blue Peter Book Award
for Best Book With Facts is...
Where's the light going to stop?
Survivors: Extraordinary Tales From the Wild and Beyond
by David Long and Kerry Hyndman!
What an entrance! Welcome to the show - good to see you.
-Hello, hi, good to see you.
So, congratulations. There they are - your Blue Peter Book Awards.
-How do you feel, David?
-I'm over the moon, I'm thrilled.
I grew up watching this programme with my brother and sister,
later on I watched it with my own children and now I'm here -
-I can't believe it.
-You've got your own badge on and the Blue Peter Book
-Yes, I'm thrilled.
Kerry, let's talk about the illustrations. You had to draw
pictures about extreme survival situations - how did you approach
-I did a lot of research, I had to collect lots of pictures from
places all around the world, I had to research the characters and what
they were wearing, and then once I got started I had to make sure
-they weren't too gory.
-And here you are with an amazing story.
-See, I can do it too!
-Yeah, that was good. It was nice, I liked that.
So, let's talk about what you want people to think
when they read your story.
Well, I think they're very exciting stories, they're quite gruesome,
but the important thing is everybody in the book survived, so what I'd
like readers to realise is that although it takes luck to survive,
there's skill as well, and most of us, if we're in a
terrible situation can probably achieve more than we think we can.
How about a huge round of applause for David and Kerry,
and their award-winning book? Amazing. Thank you very much.
Now, one person who knows everything about extreme survival is
She's hoping to climb Everest for the second time in April.
That's going to be incredible. So Lindsey went along to meet her and
find out about it and talk about this mammoth challenge.
She's not going on a mammoth, is she? That's...silly.
Today, on Blue Peter, we're going to go for a walk.
Yeah, that's not very Blue Peter, is it? I feel like we need something
more epic, something more special. We need something bigger.
And there aren't many bigger things than Mount Everest.
In fact, there isn't anything bigger,
because, at 8,848 metres, Everest is the highest mountain in the world.
Yeah, that's more like it.
I've come to Glencoe to meet one of the brave adventurers who can say
they've conquered Everest.
In 2012, Mollie Hughes became one of the youngest British women
to climb this most famous of mountains.
So, Mollie, what was it like - I need to know - being on the tallest
point of the Earth?
Absolutely incredible. You're pretty much at the same height
jumbo jets are flying at.
-You could see the curvature of the Earth.
The views were just incredible.
And it can be quite dangerous going up Everest, can't it?
-Yeah, so getting to that point takes two months.
Everest is so high that the air the climbers breathe contains less
oxygen, so they have to adapt to the altitude by climbing the mountain
in stages, resting as they go.
You must be so proud of yourself that you have officially reached
-the top of Everest!
-Yes, absolutely. And I'm going back.
What? What do you mean, you're going back?
She's going to do it again?
Apparently pushing herself to the limit to reach the top of the world
isn't enough for Mollie. She wants to do it again. One question - why?
So, last time I climbed it from the south side, where you climb up from
Nepal and you head to the top that way. But there's this whole other
route on the north side of the mountain.
This route is kind of thought to be a lot windier than the south side,
so the winds can be lot higher, sweeping through that side
of the mountain.
It's also a lot colder, mainly because of that wind chill.
And you also spend more time above 8,000 metres,
in what is known as the death zone.
So, what exactly is the death zone?
Because, to me, that sounds a bit terrifying.
It's not as bad as you think. It basically describes the area above
8,000 metres, where there's such little oxygen that human life can't
survive for very long. It's the area where we're breathing supplementary
oxygen through oxygen masks.
To prepare for a challenge in such extreme conditions takes some
serious training, and I want to get a taste of what that involves.
Being here, in Glencoe, is perfect, because nearby you'll find the
National Ice Climbing Centre.
On Everest, I'm going to have to climb ice cliffs maybe a little bit
like this, and I thought you could maybe have a go at it today.
Fine. It's like my own little mini-Everest in here, isn't it?
-OK, so what am I going to need?
So, it's a little bit slippy. So you need, firstly, a harness
which we attach a rope to. Second thing you'll need are some crampons,
on your mountaineering boots. They are these things here.
Whoa! These are like...mega-boots!
So you're mainly using these two front spikes on your boots.
-and kicking them in.
-So putting those into the wall is basically
-going to hold me up?
And then for your hands what you'll need are a couple of ice axes.
-So you need two of these.
Cos, I suppose you don't use your hands at all with ice climbing.
So this is just going to...
Yeah, you'll be knocking them into the ice and pulling yourself up.
-Yeah, I feel serious!
-I feel like I COULD get to the top with this!
-Shall we do it?
First up, Mollie gives me a crash course in how to use this
I'm ice climbing!
About an inch off the floor.
But it's fair to say she's a fan of a challenge,
and that's exactly what she's giving me.
How do you feel about trying to get
to the top of this section of the wall?
-It's a long way up.
-It is a long way - it is eight metres, up there.
But I think you can do it. To put it into perspective, Everest is
probably over 1,000 times higher than this.
OK, so this really is my own little, teeny, tiny Everest.
It's your own Everest.
-Oh, that was a good one.
-That was solid.
And then your feet.
Now, to you this might not look that scary, but when you're clinging to
the ice with just a few spikes on your boots -
trust me - it's a different story!
-Nearly there, Lindsey.
For Mollie, though, this is a walk in the park.
When she attempts Everest,
she'll also be facing huge cracks in the ice, freezing temperatures
and howling winds.
-Whoa! Shouldn't have looked down!
-You're good. Keep going.
Oh, should NOT have looked down...
-Awesome. Can you see the top?
-I can see the top!
-Are you there, Lindsey, at the top?
-I've done it!
I am touching the top.
Boom! Did it!
Looking down, the eight metres I have climbed feels pretty high.
I love this bit!
But to the top of Everest it's more than 8,000 metres.
-Excellent, good job!
-That was tough, you know?
My ice climb has given me a tiny idea of just how brave Mollie is
and how tough her challenge is going to be.
And, as if that's not hard enough, I've got a special request
for Mollie and her Blue Peter badge.
We would love that badge to travel with you to the top of Everest.
-Would you like to take it with you?
-I will try my best to get this to
-the top of Everest.
We're all behind you, we're all rooting for you.
-I know you can do it.
-My goodness, good luck!
CHEERING AND APLAUSE
Wow! What an amazing person and an amazing story.
Mollie, we are wishing you all the best. My fingers are crossed.
Now it's time for the next Blue Peter Book Award of 2017,
and this time it's for the Best Story.
The nominees are...
Time to hear about three more nominees,
this time specifically for story.
OK? Check this out. Are you ready? Here we go.
All right, time to get some fiction in the mix 'n'
look at these performing in the story category.
Lost Tales by Adam and Lisa Murphy.
If you're the type who like an emotional journey with folktales
from around the globe, I think you'll like how this one sounds,
you know? Mmm.
From Brazil to Romania to Russia,
Adam's got a tale for you, your sister and your brother.
If there's a flaw it's that it's missing a chapter -
kind of needs a tale about a legendary rapper.
Adam, I'm just saying maybe try it.
Anyway, on to Kieran Larwood and David Wyatt.
They created a story with a title that's quite weird -
Why's it called Podkin One-Ear?
It's about a rabbit called Podkin, with one ear.
So, if nothing else, it does what it says on the tin.
Maybe grab yourself a carrot and jump in.
Magic weapons and snowy landscapes that they're running through.
And presumably lots of bunny poo.
Last up is a book by Ross Welford -
Time Travelling with a Hamster. Sounds well good.
Fantasy or kind of like a dream.
A boy and his pet in a time machine, yeah.
Life and death, funny and tragic,
and a hamster called Alan Shearer - that's classic!
Well, that rounds up the nominations for the award.
I wonder who's going to take it. Hmm...
It's official - I want to have Ben and Sav here every week,
and they'd just rap bits of the show - that would be amazing.
Now, we've got some superstar judges over here...
-Are you still eating that muffin?
-Put it down.
Now, what is your name? Please tell me it's Alice.
-My name's Roxanna.
-OK, that's a very pretty name. And you're dressed
-as Alice In Wonderland?
So, what was your fave book in the category?
-My favourite book was Lost Tales.
-And why's that?
Because it has seven different stories and it was really exciting.
-Did it keep you captivated?
That's what we like with a book.
Radz, over to you.
-Katie, who have you come dressed as?
White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.
A white rabbit. It therefore seems perfect that your favourite book is
-Podkin One-Ear, about a rabbit. Why is that?
-Because I like the
detail and I can picture it in my head.
Your detail's so good, you've even got a clock on your jacket. Awesome.
Put the muffin down, Radzi.
-Fatima, you look incredible. Who've you come as today?
Well, you look lovely. And which was your favourite book?
My favourite book was Time Travelling with a Hamster.
And why is that?
Because the author had lots of detail in the story and I've never
-heard of Time Travelling with a Hamster before.
-As a title?
It is a catchy title, we'll give it that.
Well, there can only be one winner.
Back to the dream team - Barney and Ben.
Thank you very much.
Safia, have you still got that muffin you found in the bin earlier?
Has it gone? All right, just checking.
And the winner of the 2017 Blue Peter Book Award
for Best Story is...
Here come the lights.
..Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood and David Wyatt!
-Congratulations. And there you have it -
the Blue Peter Book Award 2017. How do you feel?
Amazing, so honoured to have this, especially as it was
voted for by children. So thanks to everyone who voted.
Your illustrator, David, couldn't make it today. We're so glad that
you are here today. And apparently you've got lots of support because
-you're actually a primary school teacher?
-Yes, I teach reception in a
primary school on the Isle of Wight, so a big hello to everybody...
Yes, now's your time to give a big message down camera two.
Hello, everyone, hope you're all watching.
Well done, guys. Thank you for your support. Let's talk about Podkin
a little more. What about the next adventures he'll be going on?
I've just finished the second book, which is going through the final
edits now. That's out in October, and it carries on the story from
-And it's a trilogy?
-It will be a trilogy, yes.
Which, as we all know, is four books. So make sure you go out and
buy them. There's only three - I was joking.
A massive round of applause for Kieran, everybody.
He's won the award. Brilliant!
This is just a selection of some of the brilliant books you can read.
There's a book out there for everybody.
But don't take my word for it - watch this.
We love books on Blue Peter and we are not the only ones.
We love books.
In fact, everyone at CBBC loves getting lost in a good book.
And we know you do, too.
But what should you read next?
Well, we asked some book super-fans for their favourite reads.
-The Midnight Gang.
-The Devil And His Boy.
-The Butterfly Lion.
-Anne Frank, The Diary Of A Young Girl.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold on a second.
One at a time.
My favourite book is Four Of Diamonds, because it's about mystery
and danger and I like books like that.
The BFG is my favourite book because the characters are very friendly
and it is a very funny story.
I love all the Harry Potter books and the films,
but this is my favourite because things really get gripping when they
have to take part in the Triwizard Tournament, and they have to find a
date for the ball at the end, and that's quite exciting as well.
The Butterfly Lion is my favourite because there's a bit of a twist at
-I like AniMalcolm because it's really intriguing.
The Falcon's Malteser is a book about detectives and it's got loads
of cliff-hangers in it.
And my favourite book is The Hunger Games. It always causes me and my
friends to have a chat about what district we live in. Personally,
district three - technology, of course.
Holes is my favourite book because there's a lot of character
description and description about the setting.
My favourite book is Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone
because it's where all the magic happened and started.
My favourite book is The Gruffalo, cos I love any book about a mouse
that gets almost eaten by assorted animals,
but not quite eaten proper.
Granny makes me feel really excited and powerful, and it makes me feel
like I'm through the book and I'm feeling everything that's inside
Well, it's official - I want them all!
And if you love reading as much as these guys,
stay tuned to Blue Peter and the CBBC Book Club throughout the year.
-Get reading for World Book Day!
So, if you want to find out what genre of book you might be, why not
-head online to the Blue Peter website.
-Genre, my darlings.
There's a little quiz on there called
Which Type Of Book Are You?
I'd be a pop-up book.
-Go and find out which one you are.
-Now, that's nearly it for the
Blue Peter Book Awards this year, and our very special World Book Day
show. But if you have any questions for our authors, or you just want to
say, "Well done, I thought your book was great", head to the Fan Club
straight after the show. There they are. See, they're lovely.
You can ask them anything. Head online.
A huge thank you to Running Wild for their amazing performance,
a huge round of applause here in the studio for Ben and Sav...
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
And also can you thank yourselves? Our book fans, everyone! Well done!
Fabulous job today!
Now, let's talk about next week's show, because we're going to be
starting the excitement for Red Nose Day. We will be asking you what you
think of the fantastic work which Comic Relief does
not only in the UK, but all around the world as well.
Plus we'll be updating this bad boy!
Let's head over here, talk about our totaliser. We are currently on...
3,000. You can see it flashing, there. What is it going to be?
-Where are we?
It's definitely past 4,000.
-Whoa, whoa, whoa...
-Where are we?
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Whoa, not bad!
That's amazing - thank you.
However, we'd like to raise it all the way to 10,000,
-and we think you can do it.
-You can do it.
-Keep sending in your jokey-jokies!
Get on the BP website, download the form and tell us what your favourite
-jokes are. Get involved, please!
-Watch next week - you'll see what he means.
-He's going to go have some pasties. Bye!
It's the Blue Peter Book Awards 2017. Who will be victorious in the Best Book with Facts and Best Story categories? To announce the winners Barney, Lindsey and Radzi are joined by young readers, rapper Doc Brown and... A giant puppet elephant? Only on Blue Peter!