Imagine you're so poor you have to scrape a living by selling wild grass. When the rains don't come the ground dries up and nothing can grow. You go hungry, and you know eventually you'll starve. So if you found a patch of fast growing grass in the middle of the desert you'd think your problems were over, wouldn't you? That's what Sheng thought. But when his mum suggested he dig up the grass to plant in their garden his problems had only begun..... This is one of John Harris's most popular stories. He's told it to thousands of enraptured children in schools and libraries all over the country and now - by huge popular demand - it's available in print. It's an old story from China about loyalty, fear and courage. It will make you laugh and might make you cry. It's also about huge wealth, pots of gold, greedy robbers, nosey villagers and a bit of a (rather magical) surprise. If you're lucky enough to have heard John tell this story you'll know what a treat you're in for. If you're not, find out what you ve been missing!
John Harris is one of only a handful of full time professional storytellers working in the UK, and the only one who works exclusively with children and young people. He tells all sorts of stories from all over the world and his writing grows out of his storytelling - brilliant and exciting books in which you can find some of his most exciting, amazing and best loved stories.
All John's books are brilliantly illustrated in full colour throughout, and printed (in England!) on excellent quality paper from FSC sources - they're as delightful to look at and to hold as they are to read or have read to you.
You can find a lot more about John (including how to book him to visit your school) on his website (www.johnharris.org.uk), but in the meantime here are a few things you might not have known about him:
He once told the Interstellar Council of the Gallaphrian Galaxy that Father Christmas is his dad. (Actually he's his uncle and when they found out it caused a spot of bother.)
His favourite holiday destination is the city of Ghallphatt in the country of Ukkamarsh on the planet Sarashnakalla. He has a friend who lives there - which is just as well 'cos the hotels are outrageously expensive.
When he's bored he chews off his own feet, but they always grow back again by the morning.
He has three cats, and a Dragon in his garden.
Not everything he says is the absolute truth.