MORE than 150 Wirral children took part in celebrating the work of one of Britain’s most popular authors.

Year three pupils from St George’s Primary School dressed as Oompa Loopas as they listened to some of Roald Dahl’s best-loved stories and acted our scenes from Charlie and the Chocolate factory at Wallasey Village Library.

Local company Burton’s Biscuits supplied the treats for the event.

Gareth Elswood, headteacher at St George’s Primary, said: “We always try and make the children’s learning as interesting as possible.

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is such a popular text. Our local library is vital for our children.

“Events like this make reading a pleasure, not a chore.”

Councillor Chris Meaden, Wirral’s cabinet member for leisure sport and culture, added: “Over 150 children took part in the event, which was a really good way for them to celebrate one of Britain’s most successful writers, Roald Dahl, and at the same time to introduce them to Wirral’s libraries.”

Dahl’s books are international bestsellers, and have been translated and adapted into numerous movies, plays and television series.

Earlier this year it was announced that Steven Spielberg will be making a big budget adaptation of his much-loved children’s classic The BFG.