CHILDREN’S writer and illustrator Aaron Blecha reveals the tricks of his trade in an interactive display at Hove Museum. 

The Hove-based creator of aliens, zombies and monsters, best-known for books like Goodnight, Grizzle Grump! and the Shark School series, gives museum visitors a unique peek into the process behind his work, starting from initial ideas and doodles to creating characters and finished books.

Aaron says “My family are regular visitors to Hove Museum, so I’m thrilled to be unleashing my alien, zombie and monster creations into its galleries. I’m also looking forward to sharing my behind the scenes process of designing funny characters and illustrating children’s books.”

During its run, the display is expected to evolve in response to audience reaction and the work visitors create.  

The museum’s development manager Julia Basnett says, “With this project I wanted to bring the process behind successful storytelling and the creation of engaging illustrations to life, and inspire visitors to get involved.

“Aaron’s sketchbooks and illustrations are displayed alongside 3D models of his characters, and there’ll be a strong emphasis on interactivity and fun. A range of props, including cut-out figures and interactive landscapes, encourages visitors of all ages to engage with Aaron’s characters and stories, and hands-on drawing activities enable them to try their hand themselves.”

 She adds, “We’re very much a family-focused museum, and children’s books and illustrations are central to many of our activities. “

Aliens, Zombies and Monsters! The Weird World of Aaron Blecha is at Hove Museum & Art Gallery, 19 New Church Road, Hove, 10am-5pm, from now until Tuesday September 4. Free admission. Phone 0300 029 0900 or visit brightonmuseums.org.uk/hove.

Above: Gary “Snot-Slurper” Zeytox, mucus insurance salesman

Main picture, top: Aaron Blecha with Goodnight, Grizzle Grump!

Below: Weevil Shabeezil, daredevil bowler from Nebula 9

Above: Jerome, Supreme Defiler of mornings

Below: Twinkletoes, the best bounty hunter/bunny wrangler around

All pictures: Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove