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Mook & Lulu’s World Book Day 2016 – Roald Dahl Characters

I must confess *whispers*… I quite enjoyed getting ready for this year’s World Book Day – yes, I too am surprised! But this year, Mook and Lulu were under strict instructions to plan who they wanted to be, and to give me more than the usual 12 hours’ notice.

It is not unheard of for Family Mook & Lulu to dash from supermarket to supermarket at 7am on the morning of World Book Day in search of a costume, when either the children planned their own outfits only to break down hysterically when it didn’t quite work on the day, or I reacted in horror at the crumpled piece of paper pulled from a school bag informing me I had to send my child to school dressed as their favourite literary character that same day!

The school were brilliant this year, giving us plenty of notice to plan – and although I spent the weekend sourcing and painting a ‘tortoise shell’, and have been sewing every evening this week, we are all delighted with the results! Hurrah! So, I present to you… Mook as Fantastic ‘Mrs’ Fox and Lulu as ‘Esio Trot’ – Roald Dahl wins out again!

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World Book Day – Mook Baggins and Lulu the Gruffalo

It may have escaped your notice, but today is World Book Day!

We love World Book Day at Mook and Lulu’s. It’s a really great way to remind old and young alike how wonderful books are.

Many schools sign up to organising book-themed events for the day and these activities can really go a long way to presenting books as a captivating resource, and reading as a fulfilling pastime.

Mook and Lulu’s schools have both arranged a ‘Dress Up as Your Favourite Book Character’ event, and throughout the day will be leading the children through a range of themed activities.

Mook and Lulu both went as their current favourite characters – Mook dressed up as Bilbo Baggins, from The Hobbit, and Lulu could not have been more excited to be going to school as the Gruffalo (She has been counting down the sleeps!).

Of course, dressing up is great fun for kids, but I do hope the day has a greater resonance with young readers. The excitement around World Book day also needs to be capitalised on by schools and parents.

I was talking with a teacher a couple of years ago, who said she was struggling to explain to the school’s literacy coordinator that there needed to be a review of reading book sets the school was using.  As a means of assessing a child’s reading level the books were useful, but the books themselves were not appealing to the children.  Mook and Lulu love books, but we know it can be a struggle to get them to read their school books.

This is not something new. I could find myself lost in the world of Narnia for days on end – and could be miserable for days after reading the complete set.  The only real joy I got from the set reading scheme books was to see how fast I could read them to get onto the next one – always with the hope that the next one would be better.  It rarely was.

With the easy attractions of gaming consoles, apps and computers, schools and parents need to look at ways of introducing children to absolute joy a good book can bring, particularly in relation to the prescribed assessment reading books.

I’m happy to say, that at a parent teacher meeting this week, a teacher told me the school had recently adopted a set of reading books called Project X.  These are books with an interactive online element and they are proving really popular with the school’s students.  Of course, the teacher and I quietly lamented the loss of appeal the children’s classics had for some children, but if ultimately an interactive book can fire up the imagination of young readers, who can then develop a love of books and reading, then I’m all for it.

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