CAN anyone find Wally in this colourful crowd of primary schoolchildren?
His distinctive red-and-white striped shirt, bobble hat and glasses should make him easier to recognise – and the answer is under this story if you can’t spot him.
Wally (aka George Kirman-Cambridge) was just one of dozens of book characters who turned up for school at Moorings Way Infants as part of their Book Week celebrations.
Youngsters transformed into their favourite literary and non-fiction characters including pirates, Cinderellas, witches, knights, Little Red Riding Hoods and football players to show just how much they love reading.
George, five, who dressed up as the elusive Wally, said: ‘I’ve got three Where’s Wally books because I love the challenge of finding him and especially his dog’s tail which is much harder. I love hiding. My favourite place is a shelter in a tree at school where no-one can find me, so I do have a lot of things in common with Wally.
‘Where’s Wally isn’t much of a reading book but I enjoyed learning about other people’s favourite books and characters – my favourite was one about racing cars.
‘The whole day was so much fun. It made our books come alive.’
Lilah Strahan, five, was Chicken Licken for the day.
She said: ‘It’s a brilliant book and I loved the outfit my mum made for me with a feather cap and wings.
‘I enjoyed writing my own book about toys that get broken – but new ones are bought so there is a happy ending!
‘Reading is so much fun and important because it gives you ideas and helps with your speaking and writing.’
Erin Wood, six, was Sophie from The Tiger Who Came to Tea, and walked around school with a toy tiger on her arm.
She said: ‘I had an amazing day as Sophie. I chose the book because I love how the tiger speaks in its own language.
‘It would be amazing to do this again. Next time I’d come as a princess.’
The event was just one of several activities in the week to promote reading, such as youngsters writing and designing their own books, creating hats to sum up a character or a plot and researching authors of their favourite books.
Parents were also invited to enjoy special reading sessions with their little ones.
Literacy co-ordinator Fran Marshman said: ‘The day was absolutely fantastic. The children were excited to be sharing their books and we were so impressed with their costumes that brought the characters to life.
‘What was especially nice was that they weren’t just dressed as story book characters – many came as non-fiction characters out of encyclopedias or history books.
‘If children enjoy sharing characters and facts with each other and with their parents, then they will be even more keen to read the actual text themselves.’