Come and visit Daredale, a place where grandmas bounce into outer space, footballers play on pitches made of sweets, divers dance at the bottom of the pond and streets turn into pianos!
All of this is possible thanks to Fantastical Feats, a fun digital game that brings together dance, stories, illustration, animation and film. Play at www.stepintoabook.org.uk, meet Daredale’s dancing inhabitants and save the library from Grooby the Book Troll (which is harder than you think!).
Fantastical Feats complements the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge theme, “Record Breakers”, and aims to excite children about reading, including those who may not be engaged by more traditional approaches. Children have been heavily involved in developing ideas and creative work for the game, and the narrative is spoken by a child. Budding readers can find the right book through a link to The Reading Agency’s Book Sorter.
As well as the game, Fantastical Feats also features dance events in libraries in Bristol, Devon, Dorset and South Gloucestershire in partnership with Dance in Devon, Activate Performing Arts, Dance South Gloucestershire and City of Bristol:
Dorchester Library, Sat 18th July: Performance and workshop by Portrait Youth Dance Company
Dorchester Library, throughout the Summer holidays: Weekly Fantastical Feats dance workshops for 7-11 year olds.
Devon libraries are attempting to make the longest paper chain possible (the record is over 7,000 m!) and have colouring and cutting activities all summer to add to the chain. Our dance sessions will be for parents/cares/grandparents and children under 10yrs based on Julia Donaldson Paper Dolls.
Fantastical Feats is produced by Step into a Book, a partnership comprising SW Association of Senior Children’s & Education Librarians, the Society of Chief Librarians South West, Pavilion Dance South West and RIO in collaboration with the creative team of Second Hand Dance, Somerset Film and eMc arts. The Reading Agency is a programme supporter. The programme is financially supported by Arts Council England and 15 South West local authorities.
Fantastical Feats builds on the success of last year’s The Giant’s Story digital dance project in libraries and follows on from Creepy House, a dance performance project which took place in libraries across the south-west during The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge in 2013. Dance is used in all three projects as a way of engaging children aged 4-11 years with reading and the magic of stories.