Ten Memorable Dads In Literature

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Father’s Day freebie. I decided to go with some of the most memorable father’s in literature…so here goes!

  • Mr WormwoodMatilda– Roald Dahl- He’s an awful father. He doesn’t care about his wonderfully intelligent daughter!
  • Lucius MalfoyHarry Potter– J.K. Rowling- He encourages Draco to be unkind to others. He makes Draco think he’s far superior. I don’t like that!
  • George Mole- Adrian Mole– Sue Townsend- George is hardly a role model to Adrian!
  • Old Nick- Room– Emma Donoghue- Thinking of the character just makes my blood boil.

Now some memorable in a good way fathers! 

  • Otto Frank- The Diary of Anne Frank– Anne Frank- Without Otto, we wouldn’t have Anne’s diary.
  • Hans HubermannThe Book Thief– Markus Zusak- I featured Rosa in my mother list, so I couldn’t help but mention Hans too. He’s a super sweet father.
  • Atticus FinchTo Kill A Mockingbird– Harper Lee- I couldn’t put together a list about fathers and not include Atticus. He’s super special. Kind, caring, respectful and he truly loves his children.
  • Bob CratchitA Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens- He just wanted to do well by his family!
  • Arthur WeasleyHarry Potter- J.K. Rowling- Loved his wife, mentioned his wife in my mothers list, so of course had to include him. A set of wonderful (present) parents!
  • Carson DrewNancy Drew- Carolyn Keene- I loved reading about Nancy’s father when I was younger. I remember always thinking he sounded amazing!

What did you do for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Freebie- Ten Books I’ve Recently Read To Children

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s a freebie which means we can pick what we’d like to list! I’ve decided to pick ten books I’ve recently read to my class. If you don’t know already, I’m a primary school teacher- I teach 7-9 year olds. I absolutely love reading to them and I’ve read some gems with them since 2015 when I started with my first class.

The World’s Worst Children- David Walliams

The World's Worst Children

They absolutely adored this book. There’s loads of characters who all get a chapter each. These children are horrendous and so fun to read about like Nigel Nit Boy and Windy Mindy.

Billionaire Boy- David Walliams

Billionaire Boy

This is a book that we’ve recently finished. They absolutely adored it and it had them laughing out loud many a time. It’s all about a boy who comes from a rich family who is desperately trying to fit in.

Stone Age Boy- Satoshi Kitamura

Stone Age Boy

This book was great as a hook into our topic of the Stone Age.

Stone Age, Bone Age- Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom

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This is factual but great fun.

Matilda- Roald Dahl

Matilda

I will always love Roald Dahl and this book warms my heart. They absolutely adored it and loved to hate the Trunchbull.

The B.F.G.- Roald Dahl

The BFG

Another one they loved. They still talk about whizzpoppers now, it’s amazing!

George’s Marvellous Medicine- Roald Dahl

George's Marvellous Medicine

They loved to hate the wonderfully awful Grandma!

The Twits- Roald Dahl

The Twits

The Twits is such a great read. They were howling with laughter.

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)

Another one they lapped up quickly. My class were so immersed in Roald Dahl.

My Brother’s Famous Bottom- Jeremy Strong

My Brother's Famous Bottom

I tried this book with my class as the author is said to be similar to Roald Dahl. They liked it and of course, loved the word bottom!

Have you read any of these books? Who is your favourite children’s author? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by.

Top Ten Tuesday: All About The Villains!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list it’s all about the villains! I loved putting this list together. I love a bookish villain!

Voldemort and Dolores Umbridge- Harry Potter

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Voldemort has to be one of the ultimate villains in children’s literature. He’s so evil, I love to hate him. Dolores Umbridge also drove me mad but I loved it. J.K. Rowling sure knows how to write a villain!

Miss Trunchbull- Matilda

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I used to be terrified of Miss Trunchbull when I was younger. She scared my class too, but they loved it at the same time.

The Grand High Witch- The Witches

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The Grand High Witch is such a fantastic character. I really wanted to read this book to my last class but I think it would have scared them.

Amy- Gone Girl

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Amy is a messed up character. She freaked me but I LOVED it.

The White Witch- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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Ooh, The White Witch was evil and powerful. Loved to read about her.

Mrs Danvers- Rebecca

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I found Mrs Danvers to be so creepy. She got under my skin.

Queen Levana- The Lunar Chronicles

Love Queen Levana. I felt like Fairest helped to get to know the character more. I think she’s a fantastic villain.

President Snow- The Hunger Games

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You have to have a great villain in a series like The Hunger Games. I think President Snow was a perfect villain.

Ty- Stolen

Ty got under my skin because he was so awful yet somehow you ended up feeling sorry for him? How does that work!?

Who are your favourite villains? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

The BFG- A film review

As several might know I am a HUGE Roald Dahl fan. I’ve used his books in the classroom. I devoured them as a child. I’ve watched all of the adaptations. When I heard that they were remaking The B.F.G I was a little worried. This book is one of my favourites. I worried that it would be ruined. Whilst I don’t think it’s a flawless film, I was pleasantly surprised.

Things I liked:

  • Mark Rylance was a fabulous BFG. He was endearing, funny and true to the character in the book.
  • Ruby Barnhill was a fantastic Sophie.
  • The wonderful BFG-isms were present.
  • Fantastic imagery.
  • Some scenes (namely the whizzpopper scenes, especially the one at the palace) were done so well.

Things I didn’t like:

  • Sophie was a little bit too fiesty in places.
  • Added extras. I understand it’s for the movie ‘experience’ but I didn’t think the inclusion of another child added much to the story. I know it’s going to confuse my class who are so familiar with the book.
  • The giants weren’t nearly scary enough. Quentin Blake’s illustrations terrified me as a child! Even in the 1989 cartoon version they were scarier.

Would I recommend it?:
Despite my reservations and little niggles- yes!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher: Ideas, Ideas, Ideas!

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my life as a primary school teacher. I currently work at a primary school teaching 6-7 year olds. My training posts on this subject were really successful and so therapeutic for me, therefore I’ve decided to continue posting on the topic. I will not be naming any children, or the school where I work. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind! Bookish goodness returns as normal Monday-Saturday!

This week has felt very odd and bitty. We’re approaching the end of the academic year (8 working days left!) and to be honest, we’re not packing very much into the school day. You might think that sounds great, but I like a bit of a routine, so it’s making me feel a bit uneasy. We are putting on a class play (based on a book-of course!) which’ll be fun. I do like having a focus.

I may still have 8 working days left with the infant part of the school, but I’m already having loads of ideas for my next class. My 7-9 year olds. I’ve picked our class book already. Priorities! We’re going to go for a new David Walliams book The World’s Worst Children. I’ve found out that the children I don’t know enjoy David Walliams and my children in my current class that I’m taking up love Roald Dahl. I totally think there’s a similarity between Roald Dahl and David Walliams, so they’re going to love it!

I’m also already visualising how I want my classroom to look like. I’m excited to start afresh and grow even more as a teacher in this coming academic year.

Top Ten Favourite Roald Dahl Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Top Ten Freebie, so I thought I’d go with my favourite Roald Dahl books.

As regular readers of my blog will know, I have loved sharing Roald Dahl with my class of 6-7 year olds this year. We have read 8 out of the 10 books on my list. I haven’t read The Witches with them as some parents aren’t keen… and Revolting Rhymes is too rude for them.

Books are in no particular order with book images going to the Goodreads page!

Matilda

Matilda

Matilda will always be my favourite Roald Dahl book. You have to love a little bookworm really, don’t you? I absolutely love this story and so did my class!

The BFG

The BFG

The BFG is such a great book. It really captured their attention. They’re still going on about whizzpoppers months down the line…

The Witches

The Witches

I’m sad that I haven’t had the chance to read this book to my class as I absolutely adore it. However, I totally have to respect the parent’s wishes and I can understand the concern that this particular parent has!

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)

Another classic Roald Dahl book. I loved reading this one as a child and to my class.

George’s Marvellous Medicine

George's Marvellous Medicine

George’s Marvellous Medicine was the first book I read with my first ever class, so it now has a very special place in my heart. ❤

The Twits

The Twits

The Twits are so wonderfully wicked to each other. I love it!

The Magic Finger

The Magic Finger

A quick read but with a deeper message. My class really enjoyed discussing morals with this one!

Esio Trot

Esio Trot

I loved reading this book. I asked my class to spell tortoise and showed them that’s ‘Esio Trot’ backwards. It blew their minds, bless them!

Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox

This book is a new addition to my Roald Dahl top ten as I didn’t enjoy it as much as a child. However, when reading it to my class I found its charm!

Revolting Rhymes

Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes

This book is far too naughty to read to my class, but it’s hilarious!

Are there any more Roald Dahl worshippers out there? Let me know!

What have you picked as your freebie this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post!

Ten Childhood Characters That I’d Love To Revisit As An Adult

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten childhood characters that we’d love to revisit as an adult. Unsurprisingly, for most regular readers of my blog, Roald Dahl has crept into it a lot…

In no particular order, here are the books that I picked.

Matilda- Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda

Matilda is one of my favourite books! I loved it as a child, I love reading it now to my class! I’d love to see what Matilda did with her life.

Sophie- The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG

I wonder what Sophie’s life would be like! I adore this book.

Luke- The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Witches

I would love to know what happened next with Luke!

George- George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

George's Marvellous Medicine

I would like to know if George turned out to be a chemist! 😉

Claudia from The Babysitter’s Club- Ann M.Martin

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Claudia was my favourite of the series. I’d like to see what became of her!

Jessica and Elizabeth- Sweet Valley High- Francine Pascal

Double Love (Sweet Valley High, #1)

I adored these characters when I was younger!

Sara Crewe- A Little Princess- Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess

I adore this story and would love to continue the journey and see Sara grow up!

Michael- Forever by Judy Blume

Forever

I would love to see how Michael was doing and how his love life changed!

Lucy- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

I would want to see how all four of the children grew up!

Feel free to leave a link to your post this week and I’ll stop by!