David Roberts was born in Liverpool, UK. He studied Fashion Design at University and had many jobs including shelf stacker, egg fryer, hair washer, hat-maker, film extra and coffee-maker before finally realising his dream of becoming a children’s book illustrator in 1997 when his first book ‘Frankie Stein’s Robot’ written by Roy Apps was published.
Q: What books did you read when you were a child?
A. I read Brer Rabbit and Aesops Fables and ‘A Hole Is To Dig’ by Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak. My brother read to me ‘James and Giant Peach’ and ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ by Roald Dahl and the ‘Faraway Tree’ and ‘Wishing Chair’ series by Enid Blyton.
Q: If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
A. I would be Ratty from ‘The Wind in the Willows’ and I’d row my boat along the riverbank with lovely Mole as my passenger all day long.
Q: What is the best thing about reading?
A. You never where a story might take you.
Q: What is your all time favourite book?
A. My favourite book of all time is ‘A Hole Is To Dig’ by Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak.
Q: 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 and have a conversation to encourage them to listen as well as speak. Also encourage their imagination.
Q: How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
I had a problem at school with spelling and this meant I found reading a little bit difficult too, I would always prefer to draw a picture to tell a story rather than write it down. My parents did notice that I wasn’t particularly apt at writing and reading and they did get me extra help and asked friends to come and read with me. My brother read to me a lot too.
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