Author Guy fires up love of reading

READING From left, Jade Davies, Guy Bass, Jack Baker and Sophie Raymond.  (120899-1)
READING From left, Jade Davies, Guy Bass, Jack Baker and Sophie Raymond. (120899-1)
Former pupils at the 2017 reunion, above, and a class in 1956, below		 Picture by Habibur Rahman (170854)

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POPULAR children’s author Guy Bass got hundreds of children fired up about reading when he gave an action-packed re-telling of his books and moments from his childhood.

The two-time Portsmouth Book Award winner had pupils from Northern Parade Juniors in hysterics when he acted out pretending to be Spiderman as a boy, and introduced them to his quirky book characters like Stitch Head, a mad professor’s creation.

CHARACTER Children's author Guy Bass visits Northern Parade Junior School in Portsmouth as part of The News literacy campaign.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (120899-3)

CHARACTER Children's author Guy Bass visits Northern Parade Junior School in Portsmouth as part of The News literacy campaign. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (120899-3)

Guy’s visit – supported by The Hayling Island bookshop and Portsmouth School Library Service – was the first free give-away as part of The News’ literacy campaign Read All About It to boost reading across the area.

Lewis Blake, eight, who met puppet Stitch Head and ended up pulling off his arms and legs, said: ‘It was the funniest thing – I couldn’t stop laughing.

‘I had so much fun today. Guy is brilliant and I’m definitely going to read his books. I love the sound of them.’

Kieron Swan, nine, said: ‘Guy was very amusing. I loved that he used to pretend he was Spiderman as a kid – I’ve done that many times.

‘He’s inspired me to observe what’s going around me in everyday life and write it in an imaginative way.’

Jessica Scott, 10, said: ‘I love Guy’s books, they are so funny just like him.’

Sarah Hilditch, assistant head, said: ‘We are so grateful to The News – Guy’s definitely the best author we’ve had.

‘He was interesting, inspiring, and pupils could relate to his hilarious childhood experiences.’

Guy, whose new book Atomic featuring comics was a clear hit with the boys, said: ‘It’s been a blast – the children were so enthusiastic.

‘It was nice to see positive reactions to Atomic, which is the sort of book I’d have loved to read as a kid.’

He added: ‘While the government seems to be devaluing reading for pleasure and closing libraries, it’s fantastic to see The News promoting reading in such a positive way. It’s a brilliant campaign and it’s been easy for me to get behind it.’

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