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

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:07 05 October 2010

Ed Vere with children from Redlands Primary school

Ed Vere with children from Redlands Primary school

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.

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