As you may or may not be aware, today is World Book Day. A quick read of Time Out’s ‘100 Best Children’s Books’ sent us all on a trip down memory, reminiscing about our favourite reads, both past and present.

Founder and Director Steve Garratt

Childhood Favourite: ‘King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable’ by Antonia Pakenham. Special mention to Steve’s Dad who passed this book down to him.

Currently Reading: ‘Writing movies for fun and Profit’ by Robert Ben Grant and Thomas Lennon, ‘Manga in Theory and in Practice’ by Hirohiko Araki although Steve has just informed us that the only thing he is reading right now is the back of a Lemsip packet… Get well soon Steve!

Managing Director Jonathan Brigden

Childhood Favourite: ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett. In an effort to prove just how intellectual he is, Jonathan claims that his other favourite childhood books were ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Wuthering Heights’. Also professing that he went a little bit Bronte mad age 14… sure, Jon… we definitely all believe you…

Currently Reading: ‘Billion Dollar Whale: The Man who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood and the World’ by Tom Wright

Producer David Humphreys 

Childhood Favourite: Dave read (and still owns) all of Roald Dahl’s works, reading them so much that many are falling apart. When probed for an absolute favourite he went for ‘The Twits’. 

Currently Reading: Having recently completed a triathlon Dave is learning from two of the best by reading ‘Swim, Bike, Run: Our Triathlon Story’ by Alistair Brownlee and Jonathon Brownlee

Marketing Assistant Amy Hunter

Childhood Favourite: ‘My Naughty Little Sister’ by Dorothy Edwards. However, the Harry Potter books also have to feature as they provided Amy with ‘a true ginger icon’ in the form of Ginny Weasley. She even dressed up as Ginny Weasley for World Book Day as a kid. 

Currently Reading: ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman  

Designer and Animator Iina Kuula

Childhood Favourite: Iina had to ask her mum about her favourite book as a child, which was a promising start… but she can now confidently say that ‘Way out West lives a Coyote called Frank’ by Jillian Lund was her favourite.

Currently Reading: ‘The Electric State’ by Simon Stålenhag

Designer and Animator Ed Vosper

Childhood Favourite: ‘The Jolly Postman’ by Jane and Allan Ahlberg mainly because there were bits that you could fold out and read. ‘The Famous Five’ by Enid Blyton was a very close runner up though.

Currently Reading: We’re not sure if he’s joking but he now claims to be reading the extremely challenging: ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle… He said he was reading it to his nephew… but we’re not sure…  

And with that, we leave you with this:

Happy World Book Day! 



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