Manchester Art Gallery

Green Drops and Moonsquirters: The Utterly Imaginative World of Lauren Child

An interactive summer exhibition featuring the work of children's author and illustrator Lauren Child.

Manchester Art Gallery
Saturday 21 June 2008–Sunday 21 September 2008


In 2008, visitors were invited to join Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and friends for our interactive summer exhibition. Under 7s and their families were able to step into the utterly imaginative world of Lauren’s books, exploring playhouses where you could:

  • Sit at Charlie and Lola’s kitchen table and make meals with food from their fridge.
  • Dress-up in Charlie and Lola’s favourite outfits including Lola’s fabulous alligator costume from I Am TOO Absolutely Small For School.
  • Draw imaginary friends on a magna-doodle (inspired by Lola’s friend Soren Lorensen).
  • Visit Grubby Alley where That Pesky Rat lives.
  • Perform puppet shows to an audience of family and friends (in a theatre created from the four-poster bed in The Princess and The Pea).

Visitors could also see over 40 original illustrations from Lauren’s award-winning stories, and have an exclusive first peek at the author’s next book.

Green Drops and Moonsquirters was the very first exhibition to be dedicated to Lauren Child’s work. Her illustrations artfully combine drawing, collage and photography while witty and irreverent text weaves through the pages in unconventional ways.

Curated and developed by Manchester Art Gallery, this free exhibition premiered from 21 June until 21 September 2008 before touring to museums and galleries around the UK.

Supported by the Arts Council England.