01 Mar 2012

A tasty creation based on the children’s book ‘You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum’ by Andy Stanton was the stunning winner of an incredibly imaginative and original baking competition which took place at Church High School in Jesmond today in support of World Book Day.

Twelve year old Ruby Lovatt’s entry – a cake made in the likeness of Mr Gum, complete with flying saucer sweets for eyes and liquorice laces for a beard, was judged to be the winner by Carey Fluker-Hunt, Creative Development Manager of Seven Stories, and Church High’s Learning Resources Centre Coordinator, Mrs Janet Kirkup.

The school’s ‘Bake a Book’ competition, in support of World Book Day which takes place this Thursday 1st March, provided the entire Year 7 group the opportunity to get their creative ideas rolling as they were tasked with baking a cake or sweet treat based on their favourite characters and books from fiction.

From Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ to ‘The Railway Children’ by Edith Nesbit to ‘The Secret Garden’, by Frances Hodgson Burnett the girls showed incredible creativity and originality in their entries.

With over 30 entries, judging was incredibly difficult and Carey Fluker-Hunt from Seven Stories said: “I was delighted to have been able to be involved in the competition on behalf of Seven Stories. Judging was much more difficult than I anticipated with such stunning ideas and creativity. In the end we judged the entries and selected our four winners where it was evident that the book had been close to the entrant’s heart and where the strength of feeling for the book was evident in the design.

The closely run contest saw Olivia Gill and Josie Francis’ effort based on ‘The Twilight Saga’ by Stephanie Meyer placed second, Sammy Lithgow’s ‘Saving Izzy’ by Jon Katz third and ‘The Mr Men (Mr Bump and Mr Happy)’ by Roger Hargreaves and created by Annie Hurst and Rebecca Moody in fourth place.

All winners were awarded a family day pass to Seven Stories to visit the fantastic exhibition, Daydreams and Diaries: The Story of Jacqueline Wilson and the brand-new exhibition, A Squash and a Squeeze: Sharing Stories with Julia Donaldson while every one of Church High’s entrants received a collection of classic storybooks to acknowledge their efforts.

The character cakes and booky-biscuits were then sold to raise money for the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People). The RNIB have a huge range of talking books in their charity library and the girls are hoping to contribute towards the cost of producing such a book. So far the cakes have raised over £80 with the final figure still to be counted.

During the judging presentation Mrs Kay Thew, Head of Year 7 at Church High said, “We are delighted that Seven Stories have been able to join in our project ‘Bake a Book’ to recognise World Book Day. The girls’ creations were truly outstanding and demonstrated their creativity, originality and willingness to invest both time and energy into making their ‘books’ the very best they could be and we are delighted that every girl took part.”

World Book Day which takes place on 1st March is the biggest celebration of books and reading in the world. During World Book Day at Church High on Thursday our Junior School girls will have the opportunity to dress up as their favourite character from fiction.