Fictional faves brought to life

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Fictional favourites were brought to life across Brighouse as schools and nurseries celebrated World Book Day.

Super Mario Brothers, Pinocchio and Batman were among some of the colourful characters spotted during this year’s annual event, which took place last Thursday.

St John’s Primary Academy, Clifton, got into the spirit of the day with staff dressing up as book characters including Robin Hood, Pocahontas and the Cat in the Hat.

St Andrew’s CE (VA) Infant School, Brighouse, was among those who got involved and celebrated the day with a visit from children’s author Steve Smallman.

Staff and youngsters also donned fancy dress costumes in honour of their favourite literary heroes.

Naomi Wood, headteacher, said: “Steve Smallman started the day with a whole school assembly for children, parents and carers reading his story Hippobottamus. There was lots of laughter with bottom burps.

“Following this, each class had a story workshop in our school library based on one of his books. Steve also drew some of his favourite characters.”

Youngsters at Carr Green Primary School, Rastrick, also got involved in the fun, with costumes ranging from Tinkerbell, Hermione Granger and Dennis the Menace.

A spokesperson for the senior leadership team said: “The children at Carr Green enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day. We linked the event with the upcoming National Shakespeare Week- so we had several Juliets and even a Hamlet along with his home-made skull. The classes had a day of book-related activities, and our year four class- Botswana- held an assembly for parents about Shakespeare.”