Bob the Builder designer Curtis Jobling unveils ‘World of Warriors’ book at Ilford County High School

PUBLISHED: 10:21 21 September 2015 | UPDATED: 13:21 21 September 2015

Author Curtis Jobling meets fans at Ilford County High School

Author Curtis Jobling meets fans at Ilford County High School


As part of a nationwide tour, Curtis Jobling visited pupils at Ilford County High School, to talk to them about his new title.: World of Warriors: A New Hero

Known for designing Bob the builder, illustrator turned author Curtis Jobling has carved an enviable following in the young adult world of fiction.

From pre-schooler to pubescent pupil: He has put down the pen on Raa Raa the Noisy Lion and created a world of thrilling, dark fantasy.

His werewolf books were described as a “teenage games of thrones”, and fans must wonder what direction his new offering will take.

As part of a nationwide tour, Curtis visited pupils at Ilford County High School, to talk to them about his new title.: World of Warriors: A New Hero

The book is based on Mind Candy’s hugely successful World of Warriors game in which warriors from across time fight each other to survive.

Curtis said: “ I like fantasy and play a lot of games so when Mind Candy approached me to be the official authorial voice, it was a no brainer and I bit their hands off.”

The book, like his previous Wereworld young adult series, discusses dark themes and the author believes that children of all ages like a good fright.

“Fear is a healthy emotion and children should be able to talk about it.

“A book is the best place to deal with fear as you can experience it vicariously and in a controlled way.

“If you are scared you can close the book and walk away and if you are really scared you can chuck in the freezer.”

The books are written to be enjoyed by everyone over nine, but Curtis also has a personal crusade to get boys who have fallen out of reading, back into books.

“Generally girls don’t need much persuasion, but there are lot of boys who just play games and are not appreciative of story telling.

“Already I’ve had a message from a mother who said her son was a gamehead and into World of Warriors.

“She bought my book to try and get him into reading and he has put his console away- what great feedback.”

Curtis very much believes in the power of books and their ability to help young people turn into fully fledged individuals.

He wants children to know that they can be creative in different ways and even demonstrates this at his events through metamorphism and transforms Bob the Builder into a werewolf.

The author is a father of four and writes his books in piecemeal instalments around his ‘regimented’ day of school pick ups.

He always has a lot of ideas for books and feels like he is ‘spinning plates’ trying to find the time to write them all down.

“I do have a shed or shedquaters, where I can write from and I use it as a man cave.”

“Every writer should have one and it can be hard stopping in the full flow of writing.”

Curtis enjoyed working as an illustrator in the film and TV industry but feels like he has an affinity and natural voice with the young adult audience.- He can’t keep his naughty side bottled up.

Year sevens at Ilford County High were joined by pupils from five primary schools to hear the author speak and Paula Saffer, learning resource manager at Ilford Country High School, helped to plan the visit

She said: “It was a really successful event and Curtis was a very entertaining speaker.

The children were impressed that his writing grew out of another career and he inspired and whole new generation.”

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