There’s snow doubt this is one of the coolest dads in Leeds.
While most parents were struggling to put together a snowman during this week’s cold snap, James Whiteley, 36, went one better and painstakingly crafted a seven foot sculpture of the iconic main character from his son Lucas’s favourite book.
Like most boys his age, three-year-old Lucas is a huge fan of The Gruffalo, the fearsome monster created by children’s laureate, Julia Donaldson.
And the youngster was left stunned when he saw his dad’s amazing super-sized artwork outside their home in Robberttown, Liversedge.
Father-of-one James said:
“Lucas helped me with the Gruffa-snow and he loves it.
“A kid over the road called Leo has just had an operation and I made it so that it faces his window.
“His mum came round to say he was really happy to see it.
“I also built a ‘snowbot’, which took about an hour and the ‘Gruffa-snow’, as we call it, took all day.
“When he saw the ‘snowbot’, his face just lit up and he grinned at me.
“All the kids on the street love it.”
The Gruffa-snow is made entirely of snow, with candles for tusks and purple Lego bricks on its back.
James, who works at digital marketing agency Twenty Six in Leeds, added: “I work in a creative company so this is just an extension of that really.”
More snow is due to return today, with up to six inches expected in northern England.
The Met Office has put amber warnings in place for the north of England and also warned that strong winds will also lead to drifting and blizzard-like conditions, particularly over higher level roads.