AFTER weeks of planning and preparation World Book Day finally arrived today and pupils didn’t disappoint.

Thousands of children have been dressing up as their favourite book characters for schools, nurseries and playgroups - and even the teachers have been joining in the fun.

From Matildas and Mary Poppins to witches and Where’s Wallys, parents in Sussex have excelled themselves for the event, which is this year celebrating its 23rd anniversary.

World Book Day 2020

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Cindy Lou Who and The Grinch.

Cindy Lou Who and The Grinch.
Sadie Reilly

Harry potter

Harry potter
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World Book Day. Finley dressed as a pirate from the book Captain Abduls pirate school, and his little brother Sid dressed as Woody, because in his words “it’s a story of bestest friends”.

World Book Day. Finley dressed as a pirate from the book Captain Abduls pirate school, and his little brother Sid dressed as Woody, because in his words “it’s a story of bestest friends”.
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World Book Day. Finley dressed as a pirate from the book Captain Abduls pirate school, and his little brother Sid dressed as Woody, because in his words “it’s a story of bestest friends”.
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Grease is the word !

Grease is the word !
Nicole Angear-Dowsett
Grease is the word !
Nicole Angear-Dowsett

Ava aged 5 months as the strawberry from the very hungry caterpillar. Ben aged 7 as the dinosaur that pooped the bed, Jake aged 5 as Where's wally and scarlett aged 8 as Where's wenda.

Ava aged 5 months as the strawberry from the very hungry caterpillar.

Ben aged 7 as the dinosaur that pooped the bed, Jake aged 5 as Where's wally and scarlett aged 8 as Where's wenda.
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Ava aged 5 months as the strawberry from the very hungry caterpillar.

Ben aged 7 as the dinosaur that pooped the bed, Jake aged 5 as Where's wally and scarlett aged 8 as Where's wenda.
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Elena Townshend Scarecrow The scarecrows wedding

Elena Townshend
Scarecrow
The scarecrows wedding
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Minions family :&

Minions family :&
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Minions family :&
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My cat in the hat for nursery

My cat in the hat for nursery
Charlie Friend

Finley Carman age 7. Dressed as Super Mario.

Finley Carman age 7. 
Dressed as Super Mario.
Caroline Carman

My daughter Aria enjoying life as The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, also more popularly known as Elsa of Arendelle from Frozen!

My daughter Aria enjoying life as The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, also more popularly known as Elsa of Arendelle from Frozen!
Sarah O’Reilly
My daughter Aria enjoying life as The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, also more popularly known as Elsa of Arendelle from Frozen!
Sarah O’Reilly
My daughter Aria enjoying life as The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, also more popularly known as Elsa of Arendelle from Frozen!
Sarah O’Reilly
My daughter Aria enjoying life as The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, also more popularly known as Elsa of Arendelle from Frozen!
Sarah O’Reilly

Matilda & Ava Wright. Age 3. World book day at Oak Cottage Nursery Woodingdean.

Matilda & Ava Wright. Age 3. World book day at Oak Cottage Nursery Woodingdean.
Petrina Wright

Our girl being Cinderella

Our girl being Cinderella
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Zoe Linksted aged 6 from Carden Primary dressed a parrot from Captain Abdul's Pirate School

Zoe Linksted aged 6 from Carden Primary dressed a parrot from Captain Abdul's Pirate School
Claire Linksted
Zoe Linksted aged 6 from Carden Primary dressed a parrot from Captain Abdul's Pirate School
Claire Linksted

World book day 2020

World book day 2020
Charlotte Earthey

World Book Day 2020

World Book Day 2020
Charlotte Earthey
World Book Day 2020
Charlotte Earthey
World Book Day 2020
Charlotte Earthey
World Book Day 2020
Charlotte Earthey

Blake and Scarlett Whittaker as Paddington Bear and Pippa the Poppy Fairy from Rainbow Magic

Blake and Scarlett Whittaker as Paddington Bear and Pippa the Poppy Fairy from Rainbow Magic
Emma Whittaker

‘Luffy’ ........ One Piece ; a popular anime adventure of a crew of wanna be pirates !!

‘Luffy’ ........ One Piece ; a popular anime adventure of a crew of wanna be pirates !!
Claire - Louise Parsons