Young Tonbridge readers are ready to make mischief with Dennis the Menace

TONBRIDGE Library has launched the Summer Reading Challenge for children aged four to 11.

The countywide project calls upon young readers to borrow any six library books over the school holidays.

The theme is Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children’s title Beano, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

Fifty children from Sussex Road, Royal Rise, Woodlands and Long Mead primary schools came to Tonbridge Library to take part in a comic character drawing workshop led by Kent illustrator Mike Spoor, drawing the comic’s most famous character, Dennis.

To take part in the challenge, children will explore a map of Beanotown to find a hidden treasure chest full of pranks. As they read the library books they will receive special stickers, some of which have mysterious smells.

By adding these stickers to their map, young readers will help Dennis, his dog Gnasher and friends solve clues and discover the treasure.

Children can simply sign up to take part at their nearest library. Mischief Makers launched across Kent on Saturday and runs until September 15.

One parent said of last year’s event: ‘This was great for both my daughters.

‘My eight year old discovered new authors as a result, and my five year old has moved up two reading levels due to her summer reading.’

A series of activities forms part of the challenge, which is set up by The Reading Agency.

For more information, contact your local library or go to

PICTURE: TOP DRAWER: Tonbridge primary school pupils sketch Dennis with illustrator Mike Spoor

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