Each week Reaction Weekend brings you Favourite Things – interviews with interesting people about the skills, hobbies, pleasures and past times that make them who they are.

Howard McWilliam is cover artist for The Week in the UK and US and has illustrated many children’s books, including John Cena’s Elbow Grease series and the bestselling I Need My Monster books. He left his career as a financial magazine editor and journalist in 2005 to concentrate on illustrating.

These are a few of his favourite things…