FEROCIOUS farting animals and poisonous puke plants had Lavington East Public School students screwing up their noses yesterday.
Bethanga author Susan Berran’s Chomp’d was the first book to be launched at the new Lavington library as part of the Write Around the Murray Festival.
Berran, who read her fiction to the youngsters, said she hoped her stories would encourage children to break away from technology and create their own world.
Her advice was to take an event in their lives and “blow it up”.
“You go on a rollercoaster so how about you blow it up and you break in two and go through a brick wall,” she said.
“You have a pool party so blow it up into somebody adding in piranhas.”
Berran said imagination was the key to a good story.
“Expand, exaggerate and illustrate,” she said.
“Every good story should evoke emotion and they should never be afraid to share what they have written because it’s the best part.”
Lavington East Public School students Inndianna Meredith, 12, and Jeevan Kagithala, 11, said Berran’s advice inspired them.
“I’ve learnt to not be afraid to be creative,” Jeevan said.
Inndianna said she was writing a story and Berran helped her with writer’s block.
Chomp’d is the fifth book in the Freaky series.