The Wonderful World of Illustrators

This year marks a whopping 25 years since the UK's first World Book Day! We celebrated with activities across the school that immersed staff and pupils enthusiastically into the wonderful world of book illustration. 

In Kindergarten the children have been immersed in the world of David McKee, the writer and illustrator of the Elmer books. They have been creating their own animals with colourful patchwork mosaics.

The magnificently colourful world of Eric Carle proved a popular choice with Nursery who experimented with paint textures to create their Blue Horses, and with Form 1 who created an imaginative array of Very Hungry Monsters.

Reception children stepped into the world of E H Shepherd with Pooh, Christopher Robin and their friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, while the cartoon world of Quentin Blake and his work with Roald Dahl was explored by Form 2 who reimagined their own favourite character, and Form 5 who were inspired by the story of the BFG and filled their own jars with dreams.

The instantly recognisable work of Alex Scheffler provided an array of characters for Form 3 to practise their free-hand drawing skills and taking on the tricky task of replicating their favourite characters at different scales.

Forms 5 and 6 explored illustrations in their English lessons, producing pictures inspired by their favourite illustrators, and reflecting on the book they read last term, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Form 6 looked at Judith Kerr's novel from an illustrative perspective. 

The characters of the talented writer and illustrator Beatrix Potter captured the imagination of Form 4 who enjoyed painting watercolours of Peter Rabbit and his friends, and Judith Kerr’s illustrations for her novel The Tiger Who Came to Tea inspired Form 6 to create their own labels which they used to decorate tins of delicious tiger treats.