Awesome Author Comes to School!


September 2023

20th September 2023

Internationally acclaimed author and illustrator, Petr Horácek treated the whole school to a morning of stories and sketches today when he paid a visit to Hanbury CE First School.

Petr always wanted to be an illustrator, preferring to look at the pictures inside books rather than to read them. He would listen to the story or watch a film and then fill up his sketchbook with pictures and images from the story.

Amongst the amazing artwork he showed the children, were some of those first pictures.  He then demonstrated how he draws some of the awesome animals in the books he has published.

“We are so grateful to Petr for coming to see us today,” said Reading Lead, Verity Mills.  “He had us all engaged for over an hour with his tales of his travels and his funny Grandma!

“There’s nothing like meeting a published author to inspire us all to read, write and create wonderful artwork.  Petr certainly did that!”

After listening to him read a number of his books, including his latest title, “The Perfect Present”, some of his biggest fans were thrilled to meet the man himself afterwards:

“Petr was kind enough to spend time with children who had bought their own books in for him to sign,” added Mrs Mills.  “It’s a day that they - and the rest of the school - will remember for years to come!”