If you ever get the chance to work as a casual teacher, read a bit
of any of these stories at the beginning of the day and then a bit
before each break and you will be an absolute hit! If you have your
own class these books are absolute gold for getting your kids hooked
on reading. If you are a parent, these books are fantastic to share
as part of your night time bed routine and leave them hanging for
Dahl - a children's author of genius !
Minpins - This one is my favourite. A small boy enters a forest and liberates
a race of tiny people who live in the trees from their greatest enemy the 'Terrible
Bloodsuckling Toothpluckling Stonechuckling Spittler'. Check out how the narrative
- a must for any casual teacher. The Twits are nasty,
nasty people who get their come upence in the end but
not before munching on worms and gluing monkeys to the
branches of trees. I love reading Mrs Twit with my best
Monty Python, 'Denis there is some lovely filth down
here.' voice and I'm sure you'll enjoy it to.
and the Chocolate Factory
- You know some people didn't like Johnny Depp in this
role but for myself I thought he portrayed a genius who
locked himself away from society for too many years really,
really well :)
Matilda - the child is a genius and there is something
about her 'style' and 'timing' that is impeccable as well
Dahl's Revolting Rhymes - the pistol in the
knickers gets them every time. If you are going to have
a 'pushy parent' that complains to the principal...
this book will do it! Fantastic Entertainment!
- Yes there is an element of cruelty but this is balanced
with revenge and 'comeuppance'. Many a great 'teachable
moment' for discussion with any child!
- OK, it scares the crap out of them when the witches
peel off their faces in the movie, but other than that
it is a fantastic allegorical tale of good verses evil
where good prevails in the end.
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