Yes, the giant green bookworm costume was definitely eyecatching. Her ventriloquism abilities, and fun magic tricks, were wonderful.
But it was her storytelling that hooked the students. Kept their eyes forward, laughing and shrieking at her sound effects and props. Water was sprayed when it rained, a lion roared, a donkey got turned into a rock and then back into a donkey again. A student got to change his name to Horace and help make "mean soup" by screaming into a cooking pot; a girl picked an ace that turned into a library card. A "giant" cat was captured by mice, only to escape and fall to his demise.
I think I'm pretty good at reading a story. But this lady was a storyteller, and she had the kids hooked on every word.
I really need to up my game.