Story characters come alive in schools for World Book Day

Chloe Taylor, six, as an Oompa Loompa and Roman Neve, eight, as Fantastic Mr Fox at Newtown Primary School in Gosport

Picture: Sarah Standing (160466-5778)

Chloe Taylor, six, as an Oompa Loompa and Roman Neve, eight, as Fantastic Mr Fox at Newtown Primary School in Gosport Picture: Sarah Standing (160466-5778)

  • World Book Day is celebrated at schools
  • Children and adults let imaginations run wild with amazing costumes
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IT MUST be a good day when you can go to school dressed as Harry Potter.

And, even better, when you sit down in class and realise your teacher is dressed as an Oompa Loompa.

There was plenty of fun to be had today whether you were five years old or 50 as schools across the area marked World Book Day.

Scores of children, parents and teachers let their imaginations run wild as they dressed up as their favourite characters from books.

The theme was entertaining and the overall message was clear – that reading is fun.

Newtown Primary School, in Gosport, had a Roald Dahl-themed day.

From left, Richard Clark-Lyons, Alana Hendrick, Levi Sewell, Zac Stevens, Trinity Upton, Sam Kelleher, Sarah Lush-Smith and Ben Blackburn at Cowplain Community School Picture: Allan Hutchings (160384-046)

From left, Richard Clark-Lyons, Alana Hendrick, Levi Sewell, Zac Stevens, Trinity Upton, Sam Kelleher, Sarah Lush-Smith and Ben Blackburn at Cowplain Community School Picture: Allan Hutchings (160384-046)

They had the chance to make figures from clay or tell the story of George’s Marvellous Medicine through dance.

Deputy headteacher Emma Lee said: ‘The children had a wonderful day.

‘They were very excited and engaged and the efforts the parents made in the outfits were fantastic.

‘Days like this are particularly special because the kids enjoy taking part and having the different age-groups working together was lovely.’

Pupils from Copnor Primary School, dressed as book characters   Picture: Allan Hutchings (160385-148)

Pupils from Copnor Primary School, dressed as book characters Picture: Allan Hutchings (160385-148)

All 680 children at Copnor Primary School read to an adult, aided by more than 80 parents, grandparents, carers and volunteers who joined in the fun.

Head boy Sam Laxton, who is in Year 6, said: ‘I had great fun making my costume.

‘I came as the Artful Dodger and I adapted my costume by adding buttons, cuffs and even rips. At school, I created a leaflet to encourage younger children to read my book, George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt.

‘I then shared my leaflet and a poster I also created with the Year 3 children.’

Cowplain Community School was filled with Oompa Loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dorothy’s from The Wizard of Oz and even Skulduggery Pleasant and the shark from Jaws made an appearance.

Library manager Karen Milford dressed as Gansta Granny while Ellen Buxton taught her lessons as Miss Haversham from Great Expectations.

Year 7 student Elouise Miller said: ‘I like dressing up as a character because it’s like stepping into their life.’

Staff at Horndean Technology College pulled out all the stops to dress up as literary characters.

Sarah Cook, from the English and Media Studies department, said: ‘Teacher Steve Jepson delivered a scary version of Dracula, while I was covered head to foot in green body paint for my portrayal of Gomora from Guardians of the Galaxy.’

Rachel Delahaye, author of the ‘Jim Reaper’ series of children’s books, visited Kingscourt School, in Catherington.

Rachel, who lives in Bath, said: ‘They were a really lively imaginative bunch of children.

‘It was a joy to share my writing process with them and get their ideas back on how they think I should go about writing my next book.’

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