LAWTHORN Primary pupil Rhys McMillan was presented with an award for his amazing artwork at a special ceremony in Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum last week.

And his painting of characters from the Thumble Tumble books won high praise from author Angela Proctor.

Rhys was one of the runner -ups in the Thumble Tumble Budding Illustrators Awards, which saw more than 1,500 entries from children aged between 7 and 11 from schools across Scotland.

Angela is the Glasgow-based author of the Thumble Tumble Book Series, set on the magical Isle of Arran.

Through her network of schools, Angela invited children to illustrate their vision of an Eary Lugger, a character whose traits are to eavesdrop on conversations and report their findings to the evil Night Witches.

As the level of entries received was so high this year, Angela enlisted the help of the world renowned Glasgow School of Art to provide the judging.

Dr Donna Leishman, Head of Communication and Design, had previously judged the competition and once again her expertise was called upon.

Angela said: “Once again, I’m absolutely blown away by the sheer volume and standard of entries for my competition.

“One of my main drivers is to entice as many children as possible into the magical world of literature and offering them the opportunity to be immortalised in a book forever really seems to fire up the most amazing imaginations.

“The Hunterian Museum was an incredible venue to hold the awards ceremony and hopefully I’ve inspired at least six children along with their friends and classmates to begin their very own magical adventures into the world of books.”

Congratulations to Rhys from all at the Times.