School children used all the tricks in the book yesterday as World Book Day fever swept across the nation.
Dan, the author of the Jamie Johnson series, has written eight books and sold 400,000 copies worldwide.
Children found his talk inspirational, particularly the fact that he did not enjoy English or writing when he was at school.
Originally wanting to be a professional footballer, in the end he managed to achieve his dreams by writing.
At Sir Thomas Fremantle School in Winslow, staff dressed up as book characters, with a competition for students to guess which character each staff member was, and lessons themes around World Book Day.
Tots and staff at Thornborough Infant School dressed as book characters and at Southfield Primary Academy, in Brackley, some of the children have made books in boxes which are now displayed in school.
On Thursday, all children took part in activities to do with books as a whole school competition.
Britain’s Got Talent judge and children’s book author David Walliams flew into Great Missenden Primary School to read his stories to the pupils.