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Pupils dress to impress as they celebrate World Book Day with local author

11:56 06 March 2014

Students from Worlingham primary school dress as book characters to celebrate world book day.
Luke (willy wonka)

Students from Worlingham primary school dress as book characters to celebrate world book day. Luke (willy wonka)' Alfie (middle) and Adele in fancy dress from the children's classic tale of 'Charlie and the chocolate factory'

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Pupils and teachers at a north Suffolk primary school have transformed into their favourite fairytale characters in celebration of World Book Day.

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Students from Worlingham primary school dress as book characters to celebrate world book day.
Children's author,Paeony Lewis,with the youngsters.Students from Worlingham primary school dress as book characters to celebrate world book day. Children's author,Paeony Lewis,with the youngsters.

Dressed as Oompa-Loompas, Little Red Riding Hood, Cat in the Hat, Harry Potter and a variety of other characters, pupils at Worlingham Primary School celebrated the day with the help of local children’s author Paeony Lewis.

Mrs Lewis talked to the children about how she overcame her dyslexia to become an author, and held workshops looking at story structure and characterisation.

She said: “Authors all over the country will be going into schools today to celebrate reading and writing.

“The pupils look utterly fantastic and I can’t wait to find out more about what they are dressed as.

Students from Worlingham primary school dress as book characters to celebrate world book day.
Staff in costume.Students from Worlingham primary school dress as book characters to celebrate world book day. Staff in costume.

“In assembly this morning I spoke to the children about how a book goes from just an idea to a finished book.

“I also told them about how when I was there age I had problems writing because I was dyslexic, but I kept at it and now my stories are published in 16 countries in 12 different languages.”

Mrs Lewis was visiting the school for the first time and will be staying after school to sign copies of her books.

Wendy Jennings, one of the teachers at the school, added: “In past years we haven’t celebrated World Book Day to this extent but this year we wanted to make it a big thing because we’ve been reading to the children everyday before they go home.

“The children were excited to dress up and so were the teachers.

“Having somebody from outside the school come in and talk passionately about writing has really inspired the children.”

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