Norfolk school’s bid to get David Walliams to visit

Norfolk school’s bid to get David Walliams to visit

Pupils from Howard Junior School are making the effort to convince David Walliams to visit their school on World Book Day in March – The school wearing Walliams masks.


A west Norfolk school is pulling out all the stops to persuade David Walliams to pay them a 25-minute visit on World Book Day.


The author and comedian will take to the skies to celebrate the event on March 5 with a one-day, World of David Walliams, multi-city tour by helicopter, and has invited schools in a competition to tempt him to visit.

Youngsters at Howard Junior School in King’s Lynn are so desperate to bag him that yesterday they dressed up in costumes based on his book characters, and wore David Walliams’ masks.

A photograph of about 200 youngsters either dressed in costumes or wearing masks was tweeted to the man himself, and, minutes later, he retweeted it to his 1.4m followers.

The school has also posted to youtube a video of pupils dancing and singing to a new version of recent hit, Meghan Trainor’s ‘All about that bass’, which they have renamed and worded to reference Mr Walliams’ book characters.

Called ‘All about your books’, the song’s chorus goes, “Because you know, we’re all about your books, ‘bout your books, yes David we’re all about your books.”

The school, which has about 200 pupils aged from seven to 11, has already sent off a 50-word plea to the TV star on why they should get a visit.

The next step is to beg citizens across the county and farther afield to help, Sophie Hopkins, the school’s literacy champion, said.

She added: “We are trying to do as much as possible to get us noticed by David Walliams, so that he will support our entry in the competition.

“We hope the readers of your paper will take to twitter and facebook and help us provide an amazing opportunity for our pupils to meet a world famous author.

“And if we do get him here, we will open the doors of the school to others in the area. His books are hilarious and he’s such a likeable person.”

Headteacher Gregory Hill is also calling for people and schools in west Norfolk to back the bid.

He said: “We are all huge fans of his books, and he had turned lots of boys on to reading, and inspired them.”

One of Mr Walliams’ biggest fans is pupil Brooklyn Shead, 10, who dressed as book charcater, Mr Stink yesterday.

He said: “David Walliams got me into reading. If he does come to the school, I will probably faint and be speechless.”

Amelia Rose, 10, who was dressed as Gangsta Granny, another book character, said: “His books are really funny, and he has a lot of lists, such as how to do things, like brush your teeth without a toothbrush, which I like.”

Ellie-Mae Kirby, 10, added that she would be speechless as well, should he visit, and Harry Bartrum, 11, added: “He is hilarious, an inspiration to children and aspiring writers.”


Published in the Eastern Daily Press, 06/02/2015.