Mrs Doubtfire author Anne Fine gets children giggling in Woodford Green

Anne Fine with children at Bancroft's Preparatory School.

Anne Fine with children at Bancroft's Preparatory School. - Credit: Archant

The author of Mrs Doubtfire had pupils in fits of giggles when she visited a school.

Anne Fine, who is the former children’s laureate and has won numerous awards for her 40 books, told children at Bancroft’s Prep School in High Road, Woodford Green, about how she comes up with her stories on Thursday.

Her book Madame Doubtfire was adapted into a Hollywood film and she is also famous for Bill’s New Frock, about a boy who finds things are different when he wakes up as a girl.

Anne had children and teachers giggling when she likened writing to making a good casserole by letting good ideas “stew”.

English co-ordinator Karen Yelverton, said: “Anne is an inspirational author with a wealth of fascinating tales to share. The children loved her.”

She advised budding writers to read as much as they can before signing copies of her books.