STUDENTS at Kirkham’s Carr Hill High School were entertained as they welcomed international best-selling author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi.
Mr DiTerlizzi is known globally for his spell-binding Spiderwick Chronicles – a massively successful series of books which was transformed for the big screen proving a box office hit around the world.
And Year Seven students at Carr Hill can now say they have met the man behind the success as Mr DiTerlizzi took to the stage at the Royal Avenue school, entertaining them with his fascinating tales before meeting students and signing copies of his latest book entitled The Search for Wondla.
Year Seven student Reiss Davenport said he was inspired by Mr DiTerlizzi.
Reiss said: “I really enjoyed it because he was really interesting and funny.”
He added: “I do read a lot anyway but this made me want to read more of his books.”
Fellow student Ella-Grace Gregoire agrees.
She said: “Mr DiTerlizzi was very funny and the whole thing was really enjoyable. He’s so different and creative.”
Mr DiTerlizzi said he loved visiting Carr Hill.
“It is great coming to a school like this and seeing the children get excited about reading,” he said.
“Being an author is a very solitary job and you rely on friends and family to keep it real.
“So when I get to meet children and see them get excited about books in general that’s great.”