Draw­ing on il­lus­tra­tor’s Gruf­falo ex­pe­ri­ence

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THE il­lus­tra­tor of a much-loved story read to chil­dren in Hilling­don be­fore sign­ing books with a unique draw­ing.

Axel Sch­ef­fler, award-win­ning il­lus­tra­tor of The Gruf­falo, vis­ited four to 10-year-olds at ACS Hilling­don In­ter­na­tional School, in Vine Lane.

The Ham­burg-born artist is best known for his col­lab­o­ra­tion with au­thor Ju­lia Donaldson on The Gruf­falo, which has sold more than five mil­lion copies world­wide and has been trans­lated into 50 lan­guages.

Mr Sch­ef­fler drew il­lus­tra­tions while he was read­ing to the chil­dren, to demon­strate how he works, and how his draw­ings change dur­ing the edit­ing process.

He also signed and il­lus­trated books for the chil­dren to take away as a spe­cial me­mento of the visit.

Lower School Li­brar­ian Peggy Travers said: “The sign­ing was very spe­cial as Axel kindly drew a character in each book signed. See­ing him draw a huge Gruf­falo dur­ing a ses­sion was also very spe­cial.”

Con­trib­uted

n SPE­CIAL VISIT: Axel Sch­ef­fler drew in­di­vid­ual pic­tures for pupils at ACS Hilling­don School in their story books

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