Boris Johnson hails Marcus Rashford's reading campaign – and reveals Asterix books were his favourite as a child

BORIS Johnson has hailed Marcus Rashford’s “fantastic” reading campaign — and revealed his own favourite childhood books were the Asterix adventures.

The Manchester United and England ace is setting up a book club to get youngsters reading.

The PM said the move will “shine a light” on the transformative power books can have.

The Asterix comic series featured the pint-sized hero and his giant pal Obelix fighting off the Romans after he guzzles a magic potion giving him super-strength.

In a message to The Sun, the PM said: “Well done, Marcus, on your fantastic initiative.

“I read everything but I loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Tintin and especially Asterix — the magic potion and eating whole boars and the tiny Romanosceptic village holding out against the Empire.”

Mr Johnson’s spokesman said the campaign will help bring a love of books to more kids. They added: “It’s fantastic that Marcus Rashford is shining a light on the power that books have.”

Tory MP Robert Halfon, chairman of the education select committee, also praised The Sun-backed campaign.

He said: “Marcus Rashford is an inspiration. Apart from feeding hungry children, what could be more important than getting children reading? His campaign will potentially encourage millions of kids.

“I remember as a child reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe over and over again. It was scary, and the wicked witch was an evil villain that surpassed all others. I have loved both Turkish Delight and lions eversince.”

Lib Dem leader Ed Davey said: “My son John has a pretty distinctive taste in books. His favourite is Aliens love Underpants, mainly because pants is one of his favourite words!

“We should all be proud of Marcus Rashford. Reading is such an important way to learn, and learning to love books young is something you carry with you your whole life.”

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