Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Who is visiting Literacy Block?

Roald Dahl is one of the key authors that most children grow up with and room 12 decided that this author would be fun to read. 

George Henry Kranky is an 8 year-old boy who lives on a farm with his mother, father and grandmother. He is fed up with his Grandma's selfishness, grumpiness and her attitude towards him, especially after he becomes frightened by her dark secrets. George seeks to cure it by brewing a very special medicine to cure her. 
Mr. and Mrs. Twit are two ugly, smelly, nasty, stupid people who spend their lives playing nasty tricks on each other. They also enjoy being cruel to animals, which they do by luring birds to glue-smothered trees so they can be baked into bird pie, and tormenting their pet monkeys, Muggle-Wump and his family, by getting them to stand upside down, one on top of the other. They hate children, and Mrs. Twit often carries a walking stick in her right hand that she uses to hit children and animals.
The story is about a little girl named Sophie, after the author's granddaughter Sophie DahlOne night, when Sophie cannot fall asleep during the "witching hour", she sees a giant blowing something into the bedroom windows down the street. The giant notices her, reaches through the window, and carries her to his home in Giant Country.
In this story a boy from England now lives with his grandmother in her native Norway after his parents are killed in a car accident. Some nights later, the grandmother tells the boy how to recognize a real witch. While they look and act like ordinary women, they are really demons who only look human--which makes them all the more dangerous. 
The book begins where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ends: Willy Wonka has just given Charlie the ownership of his factory, and they crash through the roof of Charlie's house with a flying elevator to inform his family of the good news.

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