Cedar Mount was pleased to welcome Children’s Laureate and award-winning author and illustrator Chris Riddell to the Academy as part of our enrichment day on Tuesday 15th November. Chris has written the Goth Girl series and the Ghost of a Mouse books.
As children entered the theatre Chris was busily drawing a cartoon which was displayed on the projector using a visualizer. Pupils were in fits of laughter as he regaled stories of his childhood whilst animating his tales with cartoons of the people who inspired him to become a writer and illustrator.
He explained that his children had introduced him to social networking and he regularly tweets his work and collaborations with other authors on Twitter, and uses Instagram and Tumblr to showcase his drawings. He is now addicted to blue thumbs up!
Following the talk, there was book signing where Chris chatted to Y6 children from Plymouth Grove, Stanley Grove, Rushbrook Academy along with Y7 students from Cedar Mount followed by a tour of our library with Miss Molloy. Chris explained he LOVES libraries and encourages as many children as possible to pick up a book and get reading.
Many thanks to Chris for his entertaining talk and Kay from Manchester Metropolitan who accompanied him on his trip. As always a HUGE thanks to Emma and Judy from Stanley Grove who entertained the children making ‘special edition’ Chris Riddell lanterns for the parade in December. There’s more information to follow on the event so keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages as we’ll be releasing more information about the ‘Let in the Stars’ project in conjunction with The Book Trust nearer the time