Children were treated to a celebrity visit as part of their World Book Day celebrations yesteday.
Comedian, actor and children’s author David Walliams was greeted by crowds of youngsters at Great Missenden School who cheered and waved flags enthusiastically as he touched down on the school playing field.
The school was chosen from more than 9,000 others across the country who entered the competition, which involved each child writing a letter explaining why David should visit their school.
The children were all dressed in characters from books and the 400 pupils escorted Walliams into the school, with high fives all round.
He was then interviewed by seven-year-old pupil Madhulika Ipe, who asked some very insightful questions including ‘if stealing was legal, what would you like to steal?’, to which the author quickly retorted: ‘Simon Cowell’s heart’, making the children laugh.
Walliams was asked who inspired him to become an author and his answer of Roald Dahl resounded well with the children, as he lived and wrote most of his books in Great Missenden.
He then read an extract from The Boy In The Dress with great expression and fervour and an accompanying slideshow, much to the delight of the children and teachers, before returning to his waiting helicopter to continue with his Walliams Whirlwind Tour.
Headteacher Rozalyn Thomson said: “It was a delight and a privilege to welcome David to Great Missenden School.
“His easy going attitude and humour immediately put the children at ease, even the three-year-old children from our pre-school were totally enthralled.
“Perhaps the most important aspect however, on World Book Day, is how he inspired the children to enjoy reading and writing and to believe in themselves and be true to who they are.”
David’s easy going attitude and humour immediately put the children at ease.Headteacher Rozalyn Thomson