Top children’s author inspires young readers

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114143-002_AUTHOR_GUY_BASS_SR_22/11/11'Author Guy Bass meets children at Paulsgrove Primary School. Left to right. Kacey Godden (8), Gypsie Palmer (9), Tayer<correct> Hartley (9), Jamie Hawkins (9), Billy Rhoden (9) and Daniel Rogers (10).''Picture:Steve Reid 114143-002

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LITERATURE came to life for almost 200 primary schoolchildren who met the author of books they had been reading all term.

Boys and girls at Paulsgrove Primary were thrilled when Guy Bass, who has twice won Portsmouth Children’s Book Award, talked to them about his writing career and performed hilarious comedy sketches based on his book characters.

Jamie Hawkins, nine, said: ‘Guy Bass was so funny, especially when he told us stories from when he was a child – like the time he was running around in the garden and crashed into a tree.

‘I had the feeling from reading his books which are full of amazing characters and creepy stories that he would be entertaining, and I wasn’t wrong.

‘I’ve read all the Dinkin Dings books but now I’m going to read everything he has ever written.’

Tayer Hartley, seven, said: ‘We were all laughing all the time, he was brilliant.

‘I think my favourite part was when we were tearing apart Stitch Head, a puppet of a character who is a badly-made monster.

‘Meeting Guy Bass has made me want to read much more, especially if I ever have the chance to meet the author.’

Guy’s visit formed part of a major literacy push at the primary school which includes children reading at home three times a week, forming a Year Six team of librarians and setting an ‘author of the term’ to inspire in-depth reading.

Mark Bowen, deputy head, said: ‘Setting Guy Bass’s books has been a huge success because he is such a creative writer and really fires children’s imaginations.

‘It was wonderful to reward the pupils with this visit – I know they all had an amazing day and are left inspired to read even more.’

Guy said: ‘I had a great time at Paulsgrove Primary, and it was great to have so many children in one room who had read my books and enjoyed them.

‘Even though I don’t consider it my role to get people reading, when a kid picks up one of my books and goes on to read many more as a result it makes everything so much more worthwhile.’