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.”