When you have the chance to hear an author whose books you love, but who does not often appear in this country, it is very exciting! Here at JAB HQ, we love Peter Brown’s books and so when we knew he would be at Bath, we knew we had to go and see him.
Having a grandfather who painted encouraged the young Peter to take art seriously and enjoy creating pictures. He joked that he could remember thinking that he could be an old man making art one day- and now he is! (far from it!) His grandfather was obviously a great influence on him.
When he was 6, Peter created his first book which was inspired by his dog going missing. His mother helped him to put this together, but the illustrations were all his own.
Many of the books Peter has written are only published in America (why???) and it was whilst working on one of these, ‘The Curious Garden’, that the idea for ‘The Wild Robot’ came to him from an illustration he had created: a robot in a tree. He kept coming back to this idea- and ‘The Wild Robot’ was the story that emerged.
Peter then taught us all how to draw Roz, the robot at the heart of the book. His advice for getting better was to keep drawing- something the children in the audience took very seriously as they beavered away at the tables!
Peter loves to add pink to his pictures, explaining that it makes the other colours come alive- it helps them to be ‘more themselves’! He demonstrated this beautifully by scattering pink on his picture of Roz.
It was a wonderful session- over far too soon- but it was a real pleasure to meet the man himself afterwards! I hope we didn’t have too many books for him to sign. I also hope we don’t have to wait too long to see him again as we have copies of ‘The Curious Garden’ on their way to us!
Thank you Peter for a wonderful event- come to North Somerset anytime!
The Wild Robot Peter Brown
Little, Brown and Company ISBN: 978-0316381994
The Wild Robot Escapes Peter Brown
Little, Brown and Company ISBN: 978-0316382045
My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I am Not) Peter Brown
Two Hoots ISBN: 978-1447257486