Working at this time of the year is so hard for me. The reason is Wimbledon of course. I haven’t seen much of it during the first week, but I was only in two schools this week, so I was “working” in front of the telly, but multi tasking is not my strong point.
Congratulations to Ms Petra Kvitova!
This week I was in a really nice school Kingham Hill School. I was invited and very well looked after by librarian Donna. For two days I was working with children from year 8.
We were developing ideas for picture books and we were also making little concertina books.
It was good fun, but also a very intense two days. I started on Tuesday with a presentation of my work and after introducing myself and explaining what we were going to do, we started working on the stories.
I was simultaneously working with two classes. Together it was 39 children.
Working with 39 children on their stories is an achievement I’m quite proud of. The truth is that I enjoyed the challenge and looking at the children’s work I’m quite confident to say that the children enjoyed it too.
I didn’t know the children and you never know what can happen in workshops like this. The start was slow, but pretty soon it was obvious that I’m working with some really talented children.
Some of their work was amazing. Just look at these few pictures!This is probably one of my favourite illustrations.
I would happily queue for a book with these illustrations of the flying mouse.
Here is an illustration from a novelty book. This book had holes in the pages.
Another beautiful picture.
And here is a book and story which doesn’t need any comments. The boy knew exactly what he’s doing. The pictures were simple and bold, the story was very good.
His book was about a penguin. I’m also working on the book about a penguin, but I’m stuck with finalising the text. I thought about giving myself a little break from it (another excuse to watch tennis) and prepare and stretch papers for the illustrations instead.
Since my book is going to be about a penguin, I will paint lots of snow. Here is one more book from the girl from Kingham Hill School. Plenty of snow there.
Isn’t it great?
Well, you can see how exited I was working with such talented children.
These two days were my last two days at schools before the holiday. I’m going to Czech Republic for a few days and I was just sent this photo.My Czech translation of Puffin Peter. Czech Republic hasn’t got sea and I was always wondering how many people know what Puffins are, but paradoxically this is also what the book is about.
I’m writing this blog soon after the men’s final and what a final it was! I wished somebody jumped out when the score in the fifth set was 4:4, stopped the match and shouted: “That’s it! Both of the finalist are winners and they are going to share the cup. I would be happy with that. It didn’t happened and Djokovic won at the end.
Congratuations Mr Djocovic! I do hope he is going to read my blog.