Good news for Mortal Engines fans! The first book in the quartet will be fifteen years old next year, and Scholastic are marking the occasion by giving all four titles new UK covers, bringing back the original artwork by David Frankland. And you don’t have to wait until next year to buy them: they should be appearing in bookshops this week.
A letter arrived recently from Sam Cooke, who’s a big Mortal Engines fan (and already a very good writer himself). He included some of his drawings of Mortal Engines characters, and of some lego constructions. I haven’t had much cause to think about Mortal Engines recently, but it’s great to see that it’s still inspiring readers to make and draw things. Thanks, Sam!
A few weeks ago I visited Blackawton Primary School in South Devon, where Class 5 have been doing a lot of project work themed around Mortal Engines. In fact, they’ve even built their own Traction City, in an alcove outside the classroom. It comes complete with circling airships and working turd-tanks…
A tour of the Turd Tanks
Those Turd Tanks in full…
And here’s me, having a quiet nap beside a life-size model of Mr Shrike.
The class had also been asked to come up with brochures that would persuade Londoners to move to Batmunkh Gompa. This one is by Charlie Benns.
It was a great example of how a book can be used to inspire work across the whole curriculum. Huge thanks to all the children for such hard work, and to Mr Pether, Mrs Rodwell-Lynn and all the rest of the staff at Blackawton for inviting me along to see it.