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Boys Pick Brains of Bob the Builder's Creator

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Bolton School welcomed author and illustrator Curtis Jobling to talk to boys in years 6, 7 and 8 about his work in animation, publishing and illustration.

Curtis is the designer of the characters and sets of the BAFTA winning BBC show Bob the Builder, as well as being the creator of CBeebies' Raa Raa the Noisy Lion and the award winning Frankenstein's Cat. He is also the author of the Wereworld series of books.

Curtis spoke to the boys about his love of film, books and animation and showed them how he creates his characters and brings them to life. He led art exercises, creative writing challenges and read from his new book, Shadow of the Hawk, the third in the Wereworld series. With the Year 6 boys, he ran animation and illustration workshops, showing the boys how to draw Bob the Builder step by step and getting them each to draw their own. Pupils also had the opportunity to buy signed copies of his books.

Head of English in the Boys' Division Mr Richard Griffiths said: "Curtis did a superb job enthusing the boys about reading. His presentation was fascinating and enjoyable and he engaged us with stories of his background in animation as well as discussing his recent fiction. Many of the boys were inspired by him and will be reading his books in the near future."


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