Wolverhampton Children’s Book Group

Wolverhampton book group organises author visits for member schools. In the past, we have had Cathy Cassidy, Charlie Higson, Curtis Jobling, Sophie McKenzie, Paul Dowswell and many more. Please join our group to help support children’s reading in Wolverhampton.

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Recent Events 

Peter Bunzl visits Tettenhall College

On Thursday 8th September, author Peter Bunzl visited the pupils of Tettenhall College to talk about his debut children’s book Cogheart published by Usborne.  The book had been selected as Waterstones’ children’s book of the month for August 2016.

In his R2D2 t-shirt that reflected of one of his favourite films, Peter started by asking the pupils what types of books they enjoyed reading and shared some of his favourites, including the works of Philip Pullman and Terry Pratchett .  His mother, a costume designer, gave him the opportunity to visit film sets including James Bond and Postman Pat, and these influenced his future study and work in animation and film-making with award winning results.

When Peter began talking about how he was inspired to write Cogheart, he showed images of a visit he made to “Les Machines de L’ile” in Nantes, France, an artistic theme park for amazing machines and fantasy creations!  This visit and further investigation into airships and automatons, helped the book to take shape.

With his background in animation, he provided the pupils with the tools to make a simple paper animation which created a hive of activity getting their drawings to jump!

After questions and answers, and the prospect of at least one sequel to come, the session ended with the pile of personally signed Cogheart books leaving the room!

It all went like clockwork (!) and Peter headed for Birmingham while the pupils went off to read!

Watch the trailer here…      https://twitter.com/peterbunzl

Pupils get masterclass from Bob The Builder designer

Illustrator, animator and author Curtis Jobling revealed the secrets of his success when he met pupils from two local schools recently.

Perhaps best known for his design work on children’s TV favourite Bob The Builder and his successful Wereworld series of books, Curtis visited Colton Hills Community School and St Andrew’s Primary School following an invitation from the Wolverhampton Children’s Book Group.

He told Year 7 and 8 students at Colton Hills about how library visits as a youngster inspired him on to a career which has included working on Wallace and Gromit, Mars Attacks! and Bob the Builder before he got his own series, Frankenstein’s Cat on CBBC and Raa Raa The Noisy Lion on CBeebies.

His love of fantasy and horror has inspired a new writing career, including the Wereworld series and his latest book, Max Helsing Monster Hunter, and he shared top tips with pupils about structuring a novel.

Curtis said: “Reading a book is a form of escapism… a love of reading leads to a love of writing.”

He then called in to St Andrew’s Primary where pupils from Years 5 and 6 quizzed him over his love of reading and writing.

The events were organised by Wolverhampton Children’s Book Group whose aim is to bring well-known authors to the city’s schools to encourage reading for all.