Jenny Lee chats to award-winning Dublin-born children’s picture book author Chris Haughton about his eclectic career, the secret of writing for young readers and seeing his work transformed into a stage production…
“In all my books, I use colour to tell the story, highlight the most important aspect and heighten the drama,” he explains.
His readers may be under five, but Haughton believes the secret of his success is that he makes them page turners.
“When planning my books, what I love thinking about is the before and after page turn. There has to be that anticipation and drama as you turn the page. With Shh! We Have a Plan, they are lining up to catch the bird and are poised with the net and looks like they are going to catch him this time, and you turn the page and you see the bird is flying off as they miss again,” he laughs.
An entertaining tale of three hapless hunters being bamboozled by birds, this funny, engaging and poignant tale won the Assocation of Illustrators award for best Children’s Book in 2014 and has been translated to the stage by Northern Ireland children’s theatre company Cahoots NI.