Children’s author mobbed by young fans at Dagenham school

A popular children’s author and former children’s laureate was mobbed by young fans as he dropped in at a Dagenham school to support reading for pleasure week.

Michael Rosen performed his poetry to some 500 excited fans, from ages four to eleven, at Parsloes Primary School in Spurling Road.

“We would never expect the kids to be this into an author,” said assistant headteacher Hayley Durrant. “The reception he got was as if he was a popstar or David Beckham!”

The writer also signed copies of his books such as We’re Going On A Bear Hunt and You’re Thinking About Doughnuts, which the children had brought in especially.

Ms Durrant said it was as if Father Christmas was handing out presents, adding: “They were queuing around the playground.”

The visit, on Wednesday October 24, was part of the school’s Michael Rosen week, during which pupils studied some of his works as part of the wider reading For pleasure campaign.