Readers's pics: Literary characters come to life

Hoards of Oompa Loompas, superheroes and safari animals went to school across Dacorum on World Book Day last week (Thursday, March 3).

Wednesday, 9th March 2016, 5:04 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th March 2016, 6:11 pm
Twins Lilia and Layla Saad, four, and three-year-old sister Ava (centre) as Oompa Loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Children as young as five weeks old got in on the fun as youngsters dressed up as their favourite literary characters for the 19th year running.

Schools in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring and the villages were among the thousands across the globe that used the day to highlight the importance of reading.

The day, which was first set up by the World Book Day charity in 1997, is a celebration of authors, illustrators and publishers.

Malayah Goode, four, as Cinderella PNL-160403-153435001

As well as getting the chance to dress up, the children were also given book tokens so they could choose one of ten £1 books released especially for the day.

The World Book Day website said: “It’s all about getting kids closer to the books and authors they already love, and letting them discover more books and authors they’ll love every bit as much in the future.”

Michael Grant, nine, as an Oompa Loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory PNL-160403-153447001
Sophie Webster, 10, as Mog from the Meg and Mog books PNL-160403-152438001
Aiden Levy, five, as Wally from the Where's Wally books. Sadly Aiden had to stay at home due to chickenpox, but mum Tracey said he still had fun PNL-160403-145032001
Evie Foster, three, as Stick man, from the book of the same name PNL-160403-151133001
George Miles, four, as Simba from The Lion King PNL-160403-152416001
Hayley Johnson, four, as Mary Poppins PNL-160403-153359001
Twins Lilia and Layla Saad, four, and three-year-old sister Ava (centre) as Oompa Loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory PNL-160403-151148001
Jodie Belle Brooker, five, as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz PNL-160403-160827001
Kaydon Janes, six, as the bear from Don't Wake The Bear, Hare! PNL-160403-153410001
Lauren Scott, 11, as Supergirl PNL-160403-161050001
Maisy Twardochleb, five, as Little Red Riding Hood PNL-160403-161101001
Pete McCarthy, nine, as Puff the Magic Dragon PNL-160403-160704001
Phoebe Molnar, six, as Dr Seuss' The Cat in the Hat PNL-160403-173848001
Ruby Filby, four, as Little Funnybone & Dog from the Funnybones book PNL-160403-145202001
Sadie Beecroft, six, as Enid Blyton's Amelia Jane and sister Holly Beecroft, eight, as Roald Dahl's Mrs Twit. PNL-160403-173859001
Jaime Parr-Whysall, five, as the BFG from Roald Dahl's book PNL-160403-161039001
Aidan Watters, 11, as Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride and sister Tiana Watters, eight, as Mr Tumnus from The Chronicles of Narnia PNL-160403-160838001
Anisa Saghir, eight, as Batgril; Aisha Saghir, 10, as Supergirl and Sarah eight, Supergirl PNL-160403-173817001
Alistair Ayling, three, as the lion from Roger Hargreaves' book Roar PNL-160403-152354001
Anya Potter, five weeks, as Piglet from AA Milne's Winnie The Pooh books PNL-160703-094122001
Calvin Benjamin Austin, four, as an Oompa Loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory PNL-160403-161133001
Freddie Groves, five, as Harry Potter and sister Daisy, seven, as Wally from the Where's Wally books PNL-160403-160849001
Dylan Redhead, seven, as a zebra from The Butterfly Lion book PNL-160403-173828001
Grace Mboma, eight, as Cruella de Ville; Olivia Mboma, four, as Sofia from Sofia the First and Felicity Mboma, five, as Emily from Emily's Ice Dancing Show PNL-160403-143412001
Hannah Farmery, five, as Alice in Wonderland PNL-160403-160629001
Indie Rogers, four, as Anna from frozen, Jayden Rogers, five, as the Cat in the Hat and China Rae Rogers, eight, as Wanda from the Where's Wally books PNL-160403-173838001
Madison Nolan, nine, as Belle from Beauty and the Beast PNL-160403-153421001
Peter Kingham, nine, as Gregg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid PNL-160403-155425001
Chloe Nolan, 11, as Cleopatra from the Horrible Histories books PNL-160403-153348001
Aaliyah Goodyear, six, as Ariel from The Little Mermaid book PNL-160403-145017001
Aislyn Robins, eight, as Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy and sister Kerrie Robins, 10, as Supergirl. PNL-160403-151119001
Amelia Holliss O'Connor, two, as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz PNL-160403-143401001
Faith Helen Berg, five, as Little Miss Giggles PNL-160403-152405001
George Collier, six, as Superman PNL-160403-145043001
Gracie Stockbridge, 10, as Lady Stella Saxby from David Walliams' Awful Auntie book PNL-160403-143422001
Hazel Stopps, six, as Mildred Hubble from The Worst Witch books PNL-160403-152427001
Jaimie Cook, seven, and sister Molly, four, as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz PNL-160403-143433001
Olivia Furmston, six, as Red Riding Hood from Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes book PNL-160403-145053001
Violet Atkins, seven, as Magic Mash from the book of the same name, and brother Oscar Atkins, 11, as Noel from the Danger Is Everwhere book PNL-160403-151209001
Malayah Goode, four, as Cinderella PNL-160403-153435001
Michael Grant, nine, as an Oompa Loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory PNL-160403-153447001
Sophie Webster, 10, as Mog from the Meg and Mog books PNL-160403-152438001
Aiden Levy, five, as Wally from the Where's Wally books. Sadly Aiden had to stay at home due to chickenpox, but mum Tracey said he still had fun PNL-160403-145032001
Evie Foster, three, as Stick man, from the book of the same name PNL-160403-151133001
George Miles, four, as Simba from The Lion King PNL-160403-152416001
Hayley Johnson, four, as Mary Poppins PNL-160403-153359001
Twins Lilia and Layla Saad, four, and three-year-old sister Ava (centre) as Oompa Loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory PNL-160403-151148001
Jodie Belle Brooker, five, as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz PNL-160403-160827001
Kaydon Janes, six, as the bear from Don't Wake The Bear, Hare! PNL-160403-153410001
Lauren Scott, 11, as Supergirl PNL-160403-161050001
Maisy Twardochleb, five, as Little Red Riding Hood PNL-160403-161101001
Pete McCarthy, nine, as Puff the Magic Dragon PNL-160403-160704001
Phoebe Molnar, six, as Dr Seuss' The Cat in the Hat PNL-160403-173848001
Ruby Filby, four, as Little Funnybone & Dog from the Funnybones book PNL-160403-145202001
Sadie Beecroft, six, as Enid Blyton's Amelia Jane and sister Holly Beecroft, eight, as Roald Dahl's Mrs Twit. PNL-160403-173859001
Jaime Parr-Whysall, five, as the BFG from Roald Dahl's book PNL-160403-161039001
Aidan Watters, 11, as Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride and sister Tiana Watters, eight, as Mr Tumnus from The Chronicles of Narnia PNL-160403-160838001
Anisa Saghir, eight, as Batgril; Aisha Saghir, 10, as Supergirl and Sarah eight, Supergirl PNL-160403-173817001
Alistair Ayling, three, as the lion from Roger Hargreaves' book Roar PNL-160403-152354001
Anya Potter, five weeks, as Piglet from AA Milne's Winnie The Pooh books PNL-160703-094122001
Calvin Benjamin Austin, four, as an Oompa Loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory PNL-160403-161133001
Freddie Groves, five, as Harry Potter and sister Daisy, seven, as Wally from the Where's Wally books PNL-160403-160849001
Dylan Redhead, seven, as a zebra from The Butterfly Lion book PNL-160403-173828001
Grace Mboma, eight, as Cruella de Ville; Olivia Mboma, four, as Sofia from Sofia the First and Felicity Mboma, five, as Emily from Emily's Ice Dancing Show PNL-160403-143412001
Hannah Farmery, five, as Alice in Wonderland PNL-160403-160629001
Indie Rogers, four, as Anna from frozen, Jayden Rogers, five, as the Cat in the Hat and China Rae Rogers, eight, as Wanda from the Where's Wally books PNL-160403-173838001
Madison Nolan, nine, as Belle from Beauty and the Beast PNL-160403-153421001
Peter Kingham, nine, as Gregg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid PNL-160403-155425001
Chloe Nolan, 11, as Cleopatra from the Horrible Histories books PNL-160403-153348001
Aaliyah Goodyear, six, as Ariel from The Little Mermaid book PNL-160403-145017001
Aislyn Robins, eight, as Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy and sister Kerrie Robins, 10, as Supergirl. PNL-160403-151119001
Amelia Holliss O'Connor, two, as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz PNL-160403-143401001
Faith Helen Berg, five, as Little Miss Giggles PNL-160403-152405001
George Collier, six, as Superman PNL-160403-145043001
Gracie Stockbridge, 10, as Lady Stella Saxby from David Walliams' Awful Auntie book PNL-160403-143422001
Hazel Stopps, six, as Mildred Hubble from The Worst Witch books PNL-160403-152427001
Jaimie Cook, seven, and sister Molly, four, as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz PNL-160403-143433001
Olivia Furmston, six, as Red Riding Hood from Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes book PNL-160403-145053001
Violet Atkins, seven, as Magic Mash from the book of the same name, and brother Oscar Atkins, 11, as Noel from the Danger Is Everwhere book PNL-160403-151209001