David Solomons

What books did you read when you were a child?
I’ve recently rediscovered two books that made a big impression on me as a young reader. Gerald Durrell’s The Talking Parcel, and a series called The Three Investigators.

If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
The narrator. I’d prefer to tell the story, please.

What is the best thing about reading?
Reading teaches empathy. I believe the ability to see the world from someone else’s point of view is essential.

What is your all-time favourite book?
Impossible to answer! Depends on my mood. For a long time I would’ve said The Great Gatsby, then there was a time when it was Catch-22. And Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has been a huge influence on me.

Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
I’m a relative beginner when it comes to this parent stuff, so is it too obvious to say talk to them? And listen too. A challenge when they’re running around yelling ‘poo’.

How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
They encouraged my writing skills by developing my reading habits. My mum, particularly, took me to the library every week without fail. And I remember when they bought me a typewriter, which at the time made me feel like a proper author.

How do you encourage your children to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
My children are young, so we’re still at the stage of reading to them. Currently, there are a lot of bedtime stories about trains (The Little Red Train series is a favourite). Best part of my day is when the four of us are tucked up reading stories.

David Solomons recently won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize for his debut children's book, My Brother is a Superhero – a funny comedy-thriller for younger readers under 12. David was born and bred in Scotland and now lives in Dorset with his wife, the author Nicola Solomons, and his son Luke (namesake of the hero of My Brother is a Superhero!).

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