What fun I've had, looking at all the children's wild and crazy drawings! And, my goodness, how incredibly hard I've found it, to pick just a handful of winners.
Now, I need you, Gentle Reader, to use your imagination and pretend I have a series of small, gold envelopes to pull the winning names from. OK, got that image? Cue drum roll...
The KS1 joint runners-up are...
...Robert Fox from Fens Primary in Hartlepool (wow - that BIG eye!):
...and Joshua from Dunholme St Chad's Primary in Lincoln:
The KS1 first prize goes to this original and strangely disturbing image, beautifully drawn by... wait for it...
...Sofiya from Blenheim Primary in Leeds. Congratulations!
The two other fabulously scary pictures that made the KS1 top 5 shortlist were by Leon Spinks from Dobcroft Infants in Sheffield:
...and Alexander Evans from Greenhill Primary in Sheffield (this one is really very creepy):
Well done to you all!
And now, to the second category, for the slightly older entrants. The KS2 joint runners-up are...
...Caitlin Casselman from Woodside Primary in Oswestry (beautiful attention to detail on the coloured scales):
...and Grace Middleton from Greenhill Primary in Sheffield:
The KS2 first prize goes to this wonderfully different, vibrant and yet chilling illustration by... drum roll...
...Jade Isherwood, also from Woodside Primary in Oswestry. Really lovely stuff. Well done!
The two other excellent drawings that made the KS2 top 5 shortlist were by Nathan Sawyer from St Giles C of E Primary in Sheffield (so WEIRD!):
...and Faye Hough from Pewithall Primary in Runcorn:
And last, but far from least, I asked friends, family and you folks out there in the ether-land to vote for the illustration you liked best from all 20 finalists (listed below), and the clear winner of the People's Favourite prize is...
...Anna Carr from Dobcroft Infants in Sheffield. I think it's all those yucky bugs all over his fur that did it, although I do like the dangly eyes too. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to vote and well done Anna!
Anderson Press are kindly donating the prizes: hardback copies of Bears on the Stairs for both the First Prize winning children and their schools, as well as a copy for Anna, as People's Favourite. I will of course sign and draw bears in then all.
The 4 runners-up will each receive a signed illustration and there will be surprise goodie-bags from Anderson Press for the illustrators of all top 10 shortlisted scary-creatures.
The following children were also selected as finalists and are to be highly commended for their wonderful work:
Blenheim Primary, Leeds: Mahsa
Boyne Hill Infants, Maidenhead: Shahan Ahmed
Dobcroft Infants, Sheffield: Millie, Anna Carr, Isabella, Matthew Albert Tolson
Dunholme St Chad’s Primary, Lincoln: Chloebeth Peart
Emmaus Primary, Sheffield: Martina Boyes
Greenhill Primary, Sheffield: Callum Gray, Fraya Walker, Lauren Dunkley
Hartburn Primary, Stockton-on-Tees: Alexander Bell
Manor Beach Primary, Lancs: Charlie Sanderson
Mickleover Primary, Derby: Eddie McAteer
Oaktree Primary, Stockton-on-Tees: Callum Stewart
Our Lady & St Anne’s Primary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Haashim Ali, Emily O’Dowd
Pewithall Primary, Runcorn: Ellie White
St Giles CE Primary, Sheffield: Emily Harvey, Samuel Bell
St John’s C of E Primary, Shildon: Lewis Hall, Rera Whitfield
Woodseats Primary, Sheffield: Sam Hanlon, Matthew Hammond, Beth Rowland
Woodside Primary, Oswestry: Cortny Whittall, Natalie Roberts, Erin Hudson, Joshua Vanderploeg
Ysgol Gwaenynog, Denbigh: Sadie Jones
Adults can see all 40 finalist's illustrations on Facebook in the KS1 & KS2 photo folders.
Well done and congratulations to you all. Thank you so much to all the schools and all the children who took part!