Stu­dents egged on

Weekend Courier - - Street Watch -

MR CHICKEN took cen­tre stage at Comet Bay Pri­mary as stu­dents scrib­bled their best il­lus­tra­tions of the grumpy-look­ing char­ac­ter in­vented by au­thor Leigh Hobbs.

Comet Bay Pri­mary School years 4 and 5 teacher Hazel Herd said the chil­dren were en­thralled with Hobbs’ sto­ry­telling.

“It was a great suc­cess,” she said.

“We asked him to come and visit our school be­cause read­ing is just so im­por­tant for our stu­dents.”

“It is part of our on­go­ing com­mit­ment and fo­cus on read­ing here.

“In or­der to con­tinue to pro­mote read­ing, Leigh Hobbs kindly agreed to come to school for the day.

She con­ducted three work­shops with stu­dents from the ju­nior, mid­dle and se­nior stu­dents.

“The chil­dren all par­tic­i­pated in struc­tured work­shops with Leigh, draw­ing and cre­at­ing char­ac­ters,” she said. “Leigh also showed a short an­i­mated film, the Old Tom pi­lot from the TV se­ries.

“Stu­dents had the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase signed copies of books, writ­ten and il­lus­trated by Leigh.”

Hobbs is renowned for his books that have been adapted for car­toons, such as Old Tom, and Mr Chicken, adapted for the stage.

Comet Bay stu­dents present au­thor Leigh Hobbs with a se­lec­tion of the finest artis­tic sketches of his char­ac­ter, Mr Chicken.

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