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Dec 11 2012

Roald Dahl's marvellous joke book

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Ill. by Quentin Blake. Puffin, 2012. ISBN 9780141450355.
(Age: 7+) Humour. For those kids for whom Roald Dahl is the ant's pants, or for those just wanting to read out or learn to say a pile of very funny jokes (for middle primary people that is) then this will be a hit.
'What did the bee say to the other bee? It's none of your buzzness!'
And another 110 pages or so of similar jokes to get the kids laughing in the library, at home or in the classroom.
The jokes will introduce kids to the idea of puns, and word play with ease, and an astute teacher or parent will be able to use this book to augment lessons and play time with language extension work. The last few pages will give an extra treat to Dahl's fans, with a list of his favourite things along with a 'passport' which shows his characteristics.
And 'why are witches good at English? Because they are brilliant at spelling.'
For those wanting a look at some of his other books, there is a list of his published work in the front of the book which is exhausting and references to books like The BFG at the back. A treat for his fans.
Fran Knight

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