Since reading his first Tin Tin comic on Christmas Day, Ioan has spent most of his free time expanding his collection and perfecting his quiff.


  • The Adventures of Tin Tin by Georges Remi, who wrote under the pen name Hergé
  • Cotton wool
  • Tissue paper
  • Sellotape
  • Wooden peg dolls
  • Acrylic paint
  • Cardboard box
  • Paper
  • Pipe cleaner


Ioan decided he couldn’t be Tin Tin, without a Snowy. He started off by wrapping some cotton wool in tissue paper to make Snowy’s head.

He repeated the process to make the body, then stuck Snowy’s head to his body.

Ioan drew a face for snowy and cut out some legs to attach.

Now Snowy was all ready for his World Book Day appearance.

Ioan changed out of his shirt and tie, to start making his wooden characters for his ‘Book in a box’. He drew the outline of his characters on to the peg dolls, in pencil. He then painted them using acrylic paints.

Ioan made a ‘book in a box’, not so much as a backdrop for his characters, but more as a place to store them.

Talking through his box:

DfES Outcomes for EYFS and National Curriculum (2013)

English Year 2 programme of study

Reading – comprehension

Pupils should develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by:

  • listening to, discussing and expressing views about a wide range of contemporary and classic poetry, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently
  • discussing the sequence of events in books and how items of information are related
  • becoming increasingly familiar with and retelling a wider range of stories, fairy stories and traditional tales
  • being introduced to non-fiction books that are structured in different ways
  • recognising simple recurring literary language in stories and poetry
  • discussing and clarifying the meanings of words, linking new meanings to known vocabulary
  • discussing their favourite words and phrases
  • continuing to build up a repertoire of poems learnt by heart, appreciating these and reciting some, with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear

Pupils should understand both the books that they can already read accurately and fluently and those that they listen to by:

  • drawing on what they already know or on background information and vocabulary provided by the teacher
  • checking that the text makes sense to them as they read and correcting inaccurate reading
  • making inferences on the basis of what is being said and done
  • answering and asking questions
  • predicting what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far
  • participate in discussion about books, poems and other works that are read to them and those that they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say

Pupils should explain and discuss their understanding of books, poems and other material, both those that they listen to and those that they read for themselves.