David Walliams shares rare photos of 9-year-old son as Alfred provides genius free promo for his dad’s new novel on World Book Day
David Walliams has given the world a rare look at his young son on World Book Day.
The best-selling children’s author and nine-year-old Alfred Walliams got into the spirit of things with a very impressive costume for the annual event.
Of course, Alfred had to dress up as a character from one of his dad’s own books, right? So, he chose Spaceboy.
Sharing a series of snaps before Alfred went to school this morning, the former Britain’s Got Talent judge beamed with pride as the youngster had transformed into the main character in his dad’s latest novel.
Holding his son’s hand and carrying his lunchbox during the school run, the Little Britain creator couldn’t have looked prouder as Alfred donned a silver space suit.
The comic is fiercely protective over his child’s identity and keeps him away from the spotlight, so the photos he posted to his two million Instagram followers featured Alfred wearing his helmet covering his face.
But, the TV star was still keen to boast, writing in his caption: ‘Me & my little SPACEBOY for #WORLDBOOKDAY’.
We must admit, sending your kid to school dressed as one of your book characters is great free advertising.
David’s fans and famous friends were also loving the cute pics.
‘Can I borrow this costume next year please 🤣’, Kimberley Walsh joked.
‘You know you are bossing world book day when your author dad is dropping you off at school ❤️’, one follower wrote.
‘Lucky boy having you for his Dad! Hope he gets to be the first person to read each book! Lovely photos. 👏’, penned another.
Fellow parents also expressed their love for David’s books, sharing that their little ones were also dressing up as characters like Gangsta Granny for World Book Day.
David began writing children’s novels in 2008 after securing a contract with the publisher HarperCollins.
To date, his books have been translated into 53 languages and he has been described as ‘the fastest-growing children’s author in the UK.’
As well as Spaceboy, his other works include Mr Stink and Billionaire Boy, both of which have been adapted into television films.
When it comes to his own son, though, David is keen to keep him out of the public eye.
‘Well, because it’s just childhood isn’t it?’, he responded, when asked by Hello! about his decision to protect his child from fame.
‘Being in the spotlight, I don’t see how that would help them. You don’t know what they’re going to want to do with their lives. What’s the point of them being on display, I don’t understand it.’
‘They might choose to do something completely private with their lives in which case there doesn’t seem to be any advantage to it,’ he added.
‘You’ve got to make your own choices about that sort of thing.
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