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Emily, the Dreadfuls, and the Dead Skin Gang by Bill Nagelkerke.

September 6, 2017 Comments off

emily dreadfulEmily, the Dreadfuls, and the Dead Skin Gang by Bill Nagelkerke. Pub. 2017.

This is a crafty story and ‘Dreadful” in the nicest possible way. It is for primary school readers and it is concerned with burglars, gangs, dead skin and friendship.

Emily is learning to write with her uncle Raymond who is staying until his new house is finished. The crafty bit comes as Emily learns that writers can draw their ideas and inspiration from people and events that are around them.

When burglars make an impact around Emily’s neighbourhood by dumping dust down the chimney and stealing during the chaos, Emily gets an idea for a story. When school friendships get strained over the formation of two gangs, Emily writes a story concurrent with the plot, but you will have to read the book to find out what happens.

The two stories merge with each other and there is lots of dead skin and Dreadful happenings.

Available from online suppliers after 17 September 2017

Once Upon a Slime 45 fun ways to get writing …fast. by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

June 29, 2013 Comments off

slimeOnce upon a Slime 45 Fun ways to get writing… fast by Andy Griffiths, Illus. Terry Denton. Pub. Pan Macmillan, 2013.

The team of Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton and his editor wife, Jill has worked wonderfully well at engaging young readers with wacky stories and wonderful ideas , well told.

In this book they recap all the stories and series that made them popular and hopefully, well to do. The great thing about this book  is that it links reading with the greatest side affect of reading, Writing!

Andy Griffiths has always pushed boundaries and for readers to think outside the normal way of looking at things. I use the word normal very loosely here. Terry Denton has always backed up the text like a good mate right behind you in a rugby game. The result is the reader wins.

He gives young readers and writers ideas to write about. All bizaare and humerous. If I were an English teacher I would be using this book as a text.

I just love the conversation between Danny and Andy over use of a fire hose on a group having a  picnic. You wouldn’t want it to happen to you but as an observer you might  laugh your head off and as a writer it would be a challenging story to finish.

Have fun with it