Book duo are inspiration to pupils
AN author and illustrator visited a school to inspire a younger generation.
Writer Geoff Bird and artist Rowan Hoban spent some time with children at Bollinbrook primary school talking about their children’s book Two Parts Mischief.
The book tells the story of Stan and aims to introduce the issue of depression.
The visit, which was part of World Book Day, inspired the pupils to create their own stories, images and music.
Geoff, who lives on Jordangate in the town centre, said: “While you’re writing a book like Two Parts Mischief you’re very protective of the story and characters in it, but once it’s out in the world it’s wonderful to see what people make of it themselves.
“The children did an amazing job of making young Stan and his adventures their own, creating new music, images and storylines that are absolutely delightful.
“They worked hard throughout the week and the results really are amazing. I’m inspired by them and I hope they’re inspired to continue being so wonderfully creative.
“The teachers too have been fantastically engaged by the idea of using the book across the week, and their commitment and enthusiasm is fantastic to witness.
“Rowan and I are both extremely grateful for their hard work.”
Rowan, who lives in Macclesfield, said: “The children have done some amazing work, and as an illustrator I’m really excited and moved by some of the visual images they have dreamed up during the week.
“It was a real privilege to go in to some of the classrooms and work with the children directly.”
Jennifer Chadwick, year one teacher, said: “The children loved it and were very inspired, which showed in the work that they produced.”
●● Geoff Bird and teacher Jennifer Chadwick with year four pupils Levi Banks, Spencer BaxterWhite, Abbie humphreys, Alfie Beal, Joey Frodsham and Charlotte Sturley