Book reviewer of the week – Jake

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Lots of the books in the original 100 classic books selected for the Rosendale Book Club have been read by many generations of children.  About Dogger, Jake wrote: “This was my dad’s favourite book when he was a boy so it is very old!”

It’s great to see the mysterious The Tiger Who Came to Tea on Jake’s bookshelf Jake wrote: “It is quite strange that a tiger ate all of their food.”  I agree!   A funny story I read about the book was that the publisher questioned the author (Judith Kerr) about the bit in the book where the tiger crams its head into the sink and drinks “all the water in the tap” saying that it was “rather unrealistic.”  Her response was that she thought this was “odd in view of the rest of the story!”

Jake also wrote this great review of David Walliams’ The Demon Dentist who, I learned, is really a witch who takes out all of some poor boy’s teeth!  Yikes! 

“I read this book and it was about a boy that had bad teeth and he lived with his dad who was very sick and is in a wheelchair (he didn’t have a mum). A new dentist comes to his school who is really a witch and she takes out all his teeth! Alfie has a friend who is a girl called Gabz and there is also a woman called Winnie who tries to look after him and make him go to the dentist (a social worker) and she wears really bright clothes and rides a little moped. At the end his dad dies in the mine where the witch lived which made me feel sad for Alfie but there is a happy ending because he gets a new mum and dad with Winnie who ends up marrying Raj from the sweet shop.”

 

Dusting the planet Mars

The children started planning their own stories today.  The idea was to use The Baboon on the Moon (whose job is to light up the moon each evening) as inspiration, but to change planet, character and job.  Here’s a selection of the children’s great ideas for the job that their character will be doing in the stories they write starting with Thanh’s character’s endless task of sweeping up all the red dust on Mars!  Do ask your children about their story ideas if you get the chance this evening.

Dusting on Mars – Thanh

Reporting alien activity – Lynden

Photographing Jupiter’s giant red spot – Niccolo

Recording the violent storms on Neptune – Juliette

Making Venus safe from asteroids – Kenza

Directing the orbits of the planets – Harry

Bus driver on Saturn – Tom

Mountaineer climbing the massive volcanoes on Mars – Reuben

Researcher collecting samples of rocks and minerals on Uranus – Azeeza

A dragon keeping the storms raging on Jupiter – Abdi

Searching for dinosaurs on Saturn – Jake

Making sure Mars spins in the correct direction – Annie

Polishing the rings of Saturn – Sam

Ice racing on Saturn’s rings – Rufus