52 Puffins – # 14 Derek Drew (Please Mrs Butler)

What is 52 Puffins – Waiting in the wings? Well, although we love our main characters, in 2013 we think it's time to celebrate the supporting cast: the extras with the witty one-liners, the dastardly villains and the best friend every hero would be lost without. Who's your favourite?  
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Derek drew1.         Name:
Derek Drew (from Please Mrs Butler by Allan Ahlberg)

2.         Famous Friends 

really sure if they’re friends but perhaps a young Allan Ahlberg. Derek also seems
a bit of a light-fingered troublemaker, so I think he would get along with the  Artful Dodger.

 3.         Hero or villain? 

seems a bit strong but he is certainly a prankster. 

4.         Why you love him? 

he is the star of my all-time favourite poem and reminds me of ‘the good old
days’ at school.

5.         What’s his catchphrase? 

‘It wasn’t me’ or 'MISS that's soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo unfair!'

6.         What wouldn’t he leave the house without? 

parker pen – so he could flick ink blots all over white school shirts 

7.         Tell us something we might not know 

poet Allan Ahlbergh used to be a teacher and can definitely empathise with poor
Mrs Butler!

8.         What really annoys him? 

takes a lot to annoy Derek Drew as he’s usually the one causing a ruckus. 

9.         What does he dream of? 

I think Derek is actually a frustrated genius who can’t
wait to get out of the classroom and go see the world

10.      Where would you go to hang out together?

out of sight of Mrs Butler, like the end of the field where we could sneak through
a broken fence and go to the sweet shop at break time

Every week, for 52 weeks, we'll feature one nomination right here on the blog! If you'd like to share your favourite character from a  Puffin book, them send us your answers – and don't forget to draw a picture! 

Please Mrs Butler

Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps copying my work, Miss.
What shall I do?

Go and sit in the hall, dear.
Go and sit in the sink.
Take your books on the roof, my lamb.
Do whatever you think.

Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps taking my rubber, Miss.
What shall I do?

Keep it in your hand, dear.
Hide it up your vest.
Swallow it if you like, love.
Do what you think best.

Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps calling me rude names, Miss.
What shall I do?

Lock yourself in the cupboard, dear.
Run away to sea.
Do whatever you can, my flower.
But don't ask me! 

Allan Ahlberg



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