Childhood favourites (Was Oh the horror!)

jackie e stallcup jstallcup at
Fri Feb 14 00:20:59 EST 2003

I'm not going to have time to reply to everyone's posts today,
unfortunately as I'm at school and dashing off to class, but I do have to
say that I absolutely love the beginning of Morris Gleitzman's Bumface. 
I like to read the first page to my students and watch all their faces as
they go into shock.  "Did she just say what I thought she said?  Oh, she
did!  She said it again!  This is a children's book????"

On Thu, 13 Feb 2003 03:59:13 -0800 (PST) Jon Noble
<jon_p_noble at> writes:
> --- "Rowland, Jennifer A B"
> <jennifer.rowland at> wrote:
> > Jackie wrote:
> > > Dahl only comes up very rarely (often, when my
> > students are exposed to
> > > Dahl as adults, they're horrified by him.)  
> > 
> > Oh, yes, I'd forgotten Dahl! Fantastic Mr Fox was my
> > favourite of his, I
> > think. But I loved James and the Giant Peach and The
> > Twits, as well, which
> > might well be one that horrified adults, with the
> > horrible Twits catching
> > birds in cruel ways to eat, and the boy mixing up a
> > poisonous medicine...  I
> > didn't like horror as a child, and I think the
> > difference is, again, in
> > atmosphere- although very nasty things happen in his
> > books, they didn't feel
> > creepy. And the ones who got squashed flat or baked
> > in pies were always the
> > baddies. I think they're quite like the nastier
> > fairytales, really, give
> > some children and most adults nightmares, but a lot
> > of children take them in
> > their stride.
> From time-to-time I survey my Year 7 (12 year old)
> kids on their reading prerences, this was at another
> school and I no longer all the results to check
> against but Roald Dahl always came up as one of the
> top few authors, others included Paul Jennings and RL
> Stine (this was pre Harry Potter), from 150 kids I'd
> get over 50 favourite authors.
> If I had to guess current top authors with my year 7s
> I'd say; Rawlings, Tolkien, Dahl, Jennings and Morris
> Gleitzman
> Jon
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