Kids go ape for Mr Big in East End’s early reading’ scheme

CHILDREN went ape’ when they met the author of Mr Big, the heart-warming story about a loveable ape. They got a treat when Ed Vere read his story at the launch of a project getting under-fives into early reading

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CHILDREN 'went ape' when they met the author of Mr Big, the heart-warming story about a loveable ape.

They got a treat when Ed Vere read his story, accompanied by a pianist, at the launch of a project getting the under-fives in London's East End into reading at an early age.

The youngsters from Stepney's Redlands Primary all got a free copy of his book at the end of the reading at the Whitechapel Idea Store library.

Tower Hamlets Council is running a 'Booktime' project encouraging parents to read to their children. Every eligible child in the East End is getting a 'Booktime' pack including a copy of Mr Big to help them read early.

Reception classes in schools are being invited to special Mr Big sessions in Idea Stores and libraries throughout November.