What books did you read when you were a child?
Anything from an encyclopedia to a book about a boy turning into a dog. Picture and words excited me so much as a child and still do.
If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
The monster from Not Now, Bernard by David McKee.
What is the best thing about reading?
The best thing about reading is that you can do it both by yourself and with others.
What is your all time favourite book?
The High Window by Raymond Chandler because I love his similes so much. Reading his books is such a pure joy.
Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
Ask questions with them, draw with them and make things with them. Just do things together.
How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
My mother reads lots and she would encourage me to write stories. She would write my story ideas down and listen to me.
How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
I love reading books out loud to children where I get to do lots of different voices and sounds. Reading to a child is a bit like putting on your own theatre production… well, it should be, anyway.
Ben Newman has developed a distinct aesthetic over the years; a contemporary fusion of bold shapes, bright colours and playful characters which has been described as 'bauhaus fuzzy felt.' He has produced work for a large range of clients, including the Tate Modern, New York Times, BBC Radio 4, Google and The New Yorker. Nowadays, he spends the majority of his time collaborating on the Professor Astro Cat children's books with his longtime friend and scientist, Dr Dominic Walliman, which are published by Flying Eye Books and have been translated into 18 other languages.
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