Introducing: Andy Robb

Posted by Sam Hailes  ·  Be the first to comment

Andy Robb

Andy Robb is a popular and successful children’s books author and illustrator. He is also the writer behind Derek The Cleric.

How did you get into writing Christian books for children?

I was brought up in a Christian household so the Bible was around but it wasn't until I was saved that God's word came alive to me and I devoured it and believed it.

I wanted to disseminate that to kids as well. Having had that revelation that God's word is living and active, I wanted to give tools to kids to help them get into God's word.

When did you first develop a passion for illustration?

I began life creatively as a cartoonist / illustrator but I come from a very bookie family. My Dad and brother used to run a bookshop so books are in the family line. So as well as picking up a paintbrush, I’ve picked up a pen as well. I have a love of books and a love of illustrating and they go hand in hand.

What is it about writing children’s books specifically that interests you?

Prior to becoming a Christian I didn’t have a heart or passion for working in the kids market at all but that changed when I gave my life to the Lord and was filled with the Holy Spirit.

God gave me a passion and a heart to communicate the things of him and bring alive the Bible to kids. Sometimes children, let alone adults, don’t know how to unpack the Bible.  I wanted to give kids the tools to help them get into God’s word.

Tell us about your Professor Bumblebrain series.

This is my second series of books with my publisher CWR. I wanted to develop a book that tackled head on some of the key themes of the Bible.

They started out as 'Just about everything you need to know about...' God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit. I developed a character who I called Professor Bumblebrain who is quite blunt, off the wall, straight speaking, humorous character to front them. He took on a life of his own and became the spearhead of. He ended up taking the title of the book!

Tell us about Derek the Cleric.

Derek the Cleric is the fictitious character I created as a vehicle for my quirky sense of humour.

The affable clergyman was originally a single frame cartoon which graced the pages of the Christian Herald newspaper for ten years. In 2010 I developed Derek the Cleric into a blog upon which his very own book A Year at St.Cliff's (published in May 2012) has been based.

Not only can Derek the Cleric now be found at Christian.co.uk as the guest 'celebrity vicar'  but can you also find him at derekthecleric.com

What has the reaction to your books been like?

I get a lot of feedback both from educationalists, parents and church groups. It’s really encouraging to get such positive feedback.

I had a letter a few months ago from a Mum who was trying to get her 9 year old into the Bible but to no avail. As a parent I know what that’s like. It really warmed my heart when she shared that her son had a copy of one of my books and as a result wanted to get a copy of the Bible for himself.

It’s not that the books are selling, but the bottom line is they are doing a work in kid’s lives, which is what we’re praying about. 

27th January

January 27th, 2012 - Posted & Written by Sam Hailes

Thumbs Down0
Thumbs Up1

Did you find this article useful?

0 Visitor Comments

Join in the Eden community and comment on this article

Leave A Comment

Leave your comments or suggestions in regards to this article.

Product Spotlight
50 Craziest Bible Stories

50 Craziest Bible Stories

Availability: In Stock - Order before 4pm for same day dispatch

Offer Price: £4.99

Most Popular Articles
Advent Reflection: 11th December - Ian Shaw
Posted on Sunday 11th of December
Advent Reflection: 10th December - Richard Harries
Posted on Saturday 10th of December
Advent Reflection 9th December - Amy Boucher Pye
Posted on Friday 9th of December
Advent Reflection: 8th December - Kel Richards
Posted on Thursday 8th of December
Advent Reflection: 7th December - Davis Bunn
Posted on Wednesday 7th of December
Advent Reflection: 11th December - Ian Shaw
Posted on Sunday 11th of December
Advent Reflection: 10th December - Richard Harries
Posted on Saturday 10th of December
Advent Reflection 9th December - Amy Boucher Pye
Posted on Friday 9th of December
Advent Reflection: 8th December - Kel Richards
Posted on Thursday 8th of December
Advent Reflection: 7th December - Davis Bunn
Posted on Wednesday 7th of December
What Are Eden Bundles?
Posted on Friday 11th of November
Creating an all age, fun, and messy church
Posted on Wednesday 28th of March

Updates from the live @Edencouk twitter feed!

Twitter Seperator
Don't forget to follow us @edencouk
Recent Article Comments
No Comments.

Nia Wright has made 0 posts.

34 useful comments

A Reader has made 0 posts.

16 useful comments

Les Ellison has made 54 posts.

10 useful comments

Lyn Myers has made 5 posts.

8 useful comments

James Warwood has made 4 posts.

8 useful comments

Last updated: 24 mins ago