So, what did you think of this story?

Comment on Dahl's characterisation of Mary Maloney.
Can you comment on the irony in the story?
Talk about Dahl's use of foreshadowing? How does he create tension? 
What/where is the crisis?

Christmas Reading


I hope you all have a book or two on your Santa lists! After the Christmas dinner, you should begin to read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon.

We will be doing a group reading of this when we return from the holidays. Please pay special attention to the character (Christopher) and the idea of crisis and resolution. We will be preparing an in-depth character profile.

Feel free to continue reading other books also. Some of you may have got the Dahl short story bug. I got it when i was eight and it has never left me.

Another novel that I highly recommend is The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel. This fantastic book has just been released as a blockbuster movie. I implore you to read the book BEFORE seeing the movie. Indeed, it may warrant a debate in class.
I want to wish you all a very happy Christmas