AN AWARD-WINNING children’s author and illustrator have been inspiring children on a visit to Hartlepool.
BAFTA winner Curtis Jobling, best known for his TV hits Bob the Builder and Frankenstein’s Cat, was joined by illustrator Tom McLaughlin at the Northern Lights Academy, in King Oswy Drive, in Hartlepool.
The pair introduced their new children’s book Old MacDonald Had A Zoo.
They also gave reading sessions involving some of their other work, and showcased some of Curtis’ cartoons when they appeared in front of 150 pupils from across the town.
The latest book is a new take on the Old MacDonald Had A Farm nursery rhyme.
Youngsters who took part in the visit, which was organised by Hartlepool’s libraries, were from Barnard Grove, Clavering, St John Vianney RC and West View primary schools.
The children had the chance to ask questions about Curtis and Tom’s work and challenge them to draw different animals.
Curtis is also famous for such creations as of Raa Raa the Noisy Lion, while illustrator Tom has written and created several picture books including The Diabolical Mr Tiddles and Captain Buckleboots on the Naughty Step.
Heather Bellwood, Hartlepool Borough Council’s children and young person manager, said: “It’s quite a coup for Hartlepool to host major authors and illustrators like Curtis and Tom.
“We were delighted to welcome them for what was a fascinating and inspiring session.
“Research shows that when children have actually met and made a personal connection with an author, they are much more inclined to read author’s work and, above all, it really fires up their love of books and the written word.”