Drawing with Children

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Summer is coming and it means lots of school visits and a couple of festivals. I like drawing with children. It is very rewarding seeing children being excited and proud of their work. I love the moment when children get completely lost in their pictures. Here is a page from a book written by Jack.

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Jack is only 5 years old and he doesn’t know all the letters, but it doesn’t stop him writing books. The text says “Once there was a dragon called Petr Horacek”. It is good to have an exotic name. I can get in books!

Jack goes to Portway Infant School in Andover. Portway is a school which I visit every year. The school is slowly turning into my gallery. Pictures I have been making with children over the years hang on the walls. I love the friendly atmosphere of the school and I like the nice smiley teachers. Of course where there are nice teachers there are nice children. Once again, I had a great time at Portway this year. Thank you for making me so welcome.

IMG_0407Here is an another picture. This one is from ‘The Mouse Who Ate the Moon’.mouse

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We painted fish for ‘Puffin Peter’. Here is one of them.IMG_0410This painting is from Harry. It is inspired by my book ‘Blue Penguin’. I love the picture.IMG_0411As I was leaving Portway Primary School a  little boy came to me and gave me this drawing. He said: “This is a picture of your mum, so you will never forget her!”IMG_0409Thank you!

World of Books in Prague

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I was in Prague at the book festival ‘Svet Knihy’ last week. I did a talk and book signing at the festival. The sun was shining and people caring books were smiling, and they were everywhere.

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I was invited to the festival by Jitka Netusilova who runs an internet shop ‘anglictina hry.cz’  selling English picture books and games for children who speak or are learning to speak English. Jitka  is a friend and has been promoting and selling my books for a long time now.31631859_1760875740673596_1875213950140809216_o

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Once I was in my home city I thought I would make a little holiday out of it, so I stayed for a couple of days.

FINAL _ TEXT-01But I had also a book to promote. It’s only recently that ‘Dlouhá cesta’ (The Long Journey) was published in the Czech Republic. ‘Dlouhá cesta’ is my very first book written in Czech and published by a Czech publisher – ‘pinwheels’.

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So as a result of this I spent most of the mornings going around schools and nurseries talking to children and drawing a lot. It was fun, we laughed a lot and I met lots of nice friendly people as well.ehavlickova_2018-05-16_13-22-40-1

When I got back I had a couple of nice emails telling me how much children enjoyed the talks and how they felt inspired. I was sent some pictures to prove it.ehavlickova_2018-05-16_13-25-43-1

These pictures are from children who attend ‘TIP TOES primary school’ in Brandys. It was a nice morning and apart from picture books we talk about collage, wax crayons and watercolour painting as you can see.

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I have more schools and festivals to visit before the summer, but I’m looking forward to it!