CHILDREN at Charles Dickens Infant and Junior are living up to their schools’ names as they delve into new versions of the great author’s novels.
Boys and girls as young as five are enjoying Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, Hard Times and other classics by their namesake, which will all be on offer with copies of The News on Saturday.
It’s part of our Read All About It campaign to boost literacy, which was launched with the help of Charles Dickens Junior schoolchildren on February 7 – the day of Dickens’ 200th birthday.
Rohan Islam, 10, is proud of this legacy.
He said: ‘We’re very special to have been named after one of the world’s greatest authors – and it’s important for us to be able to read his books.
‘I’ve read Oliver Twist and David Copperfield and enjoyed them.
‘I love Dickens’ plots and characters, and how his stories give you a really good picture of what life was like in Victorian times.’
Billy Wooloff, seven, and Bethany Lasnon, six, from the infants school, have wasted no time getting reading abridged Dickens books and are looking forward to collecting the whole series.
Billy said: ‘Even though the books are aimed at children they’re still Dickens, which is brilliant.
‘They look good and the pictures are very well drawn – as you’re reading they bring the words to life.
‘Dickens is interesting to read because his stories have good and bad characters, and they all have different problems and personalities.
‘There are also lots of surprises, I’ve already read Oliver Twist and Great Expectations and I’d love to have the whole collection.
‘When I’m a bit older I’d like to read the original stories so I can see what Dickens actually wrote.’
Bethany added: ‘The books have made it possible for us to read Dickens in a really clever way.
‘There are lots of pictures on almost every page and there’s more information about the stories at the end.
‘Dickens is one of my favourite authors – I would have loved to have met him.
‘He only lived down the road our school.’