I have mixed feelings about this book. I love the author and always will. He is a brilliant writer. That's what kept me reading this one. But...
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I think it's been well-established that Roald Dahl is my favorite author of all time (with Charles Dickens at a close second). If you were in doubt about my love of Dahl's works you can check out this masterpost that I wrote last year with no less than 5 reviews. XD It should come as no surprise that I fangirled pretty hard over Wonderful, Wicked, and Whizzpopping: The stories, characters, and inventions of Roald Dahl by Stela Caldwell with (of course) illustrations by the incomparable Quentin Blake. From the very first page (the front-matter section), it is apparent that this is a special book. There are little snippets which look like yellow, lined notebook paper which denote actual notes that Dahl wrote to himself about the books which made him famous. (He always wrote his books on yellow, lined notebook paper by the way.) Did you know it was nearly James and the Giant Cherry instead of James and the Giant Peach? That somehow doesn't have quite the same ring to it. This entire book is like getting a glimpse behind the scenes PLUS reading condensed versions of some of his more famous children's books. The mixed media used in this book complements the subject matter perfectly. I'd go so far as to say this is a visually stunning book and you'd be silly not to check it out for yourselves...especially if you're a fan of Quentin Blake. You might have guessed already but this is a 10/10 in my books (pun totally intended).
Protagonist- Mr. Fox
Antagonist - Boggis, Bunce and Bean
Short summary- Mr. fox is the father is the father of four small foxes. For his and his family's surival he uased to steal from three very mean farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean
When they are all fed up by his activities they decice a plot against Mr. Fox. Will he be able to survive the attack?
I recommend this book to adventure and fun loving children and adults. This book highlights the quick and sensible use of intellect also highlights that one should never be mean, moody, stingy and selective.
I really wanted to love this as I had with the first book but it was not to be. The plot was just a hot mess with the elevator going too high and into space. The plot with the first space hotel was baffling and the narrator, whilst doing a great job with most of the voices, really started to annoy me when he was doing the president and his aides.
It did settle back into something resembling a story half way through when they returned to the factory but by then I was finding it hard to really care too much.
Matilda is one of Ronald Dahl's most popular books and one of my favorites! The Lexile level is 840L. In this first chapter, Dahl writes "The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with
Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She traveled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village." I would read this aloud to my students, show them a map, and point out the continents on the map. I would divide my students into 7 groups and assign them a different continent. Each group finds a book set in their continent and reads it together. They are then instructed to write a book review, answering questions like "How can you tell the story is set here?" and "What is the best part of this story?" I would use this in a 4th grade classroom.