CHILDREN from a Redditch school were thrilled when they got a visit from a popular author recently.

Mark Lowe recently visited Crabbs Cross Academy on Evesham Road.

Mr Lowe is the author of popular children's books including My Hamster is a Pirate, My Hamster is a Spy, and My Hamster is an Astronaut.

He came to the school to talk about his work and what inspires him, and to signs copies of his books for the youngsters.