Luke Pearson

What books did you read when you were a child?
I used to really enjoy non-fiction books from Usborne and Dorling Kindersley with diagrams and cutaways. I also liked illustrated books with big detailed images - stuff like Alastair Graham, Richard Scarry and Where’s Wally. I liked Dr Seuss too. I also always remember my dad reading The Hobbit to me.

If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
I’d like to be either Moominpappa or Moominmamma.

What is the best thing about reading?
How easily you can let yourself fall into it - then come out of it with a slightly different view of the world.

What is your all time favourite book?
It would be different on any given day. I think today it is Pinocchio.

Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
Talk to them.

How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
My parents and grandparents were always enthusiastic and encouraging about my drawing and writing. They’d always read the comics I drew and made me feel like if I kept doing it I could get somewhere one day.

How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
My daughter is only 3 months old so I’m not sure she’s ready to actually jump into reading just yet. But I often read her a story from one of my books of folk tales at night as she’s going to sleep.

Luke Pearson is a British cartoonist and illustrator who is best known for the Hilda series of comics for Nobrow Press. Book four of the series, Hilda and The Black Hound, is out now.

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