HE’S the man behind one of the most enduring children’s books of recent years.
And yesterday former children’s laureate Michael Rosen, who wrote We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, was at the Central Library in Portsmouth.
He was there reading his new book Monster to children.
Joined by Southsea illustrator Neal Layton, the pair held the event for three primary schools in the city following the publication of the book on March 12.
Pupils from Cumberland Infants, Arundel Court Primary and St George’s Beneficial Church of England Primary went to the library and were read Rover and Monster, the first and third books of a children’s series told through the eyes of a pet dog.
Jack Parks, a Year 2 student at Cumberland Infants in Southsea, said: ‘I enjoyed listening to the stories because the books were funny.
I think it is a great opportunity for them to come to their local library and get involved on what it takes to make a book.Author Michael Rosen
‘It was good meeting the author too.’
Alfie, who is in Reception at Cumberland Infants, said he liked the first book best.
The five-year-old said: ‘I enjoyed the first book and the bit with the crab. I liked the drawing of the crab which Neal did as the story was being read.
‘It was good watching him draw as the story was being read.’
The live drawing and storytelling was the first event of its kind held by the Michael and Neal.
Michael said: ‘Yesterday was the first time we have done this sort of thing for schoolchildren.
‘We did something similar in Edinburgh about 10 years ago but not for children.
‘It’s a great opportunity for them to come to their local library and get involved on what it takes to make a book.’
Neal, who has an exhibition at the Aspex Gallery, used Cumberland Infants when creating the drawings for Monster.
He added: ‘My daughter is a pupil at Cumberland Infants and they very kindly let me use the school as a basis for the drawings in Monster.
‘They school is also named in the book which is nice for the kids to see.’
The event was organised through a partnership between the Aspex Gallery, New Theatre Royal and Portsmouth Cultural Trust.
Through funding from Artswork, the schools were given sets of the books written by Michael.