Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Book Talk Thursday: The Twits

Ages: 7+

Description: The Twits is a wonderfully constructed book about Mr. and Mrs. Twit- the worst type of people, who do nothing but catch innocent Muggle-Wump birds and play mean tricks on one another. Until the Muggle-Wumps decide to take a stand...

Quote: "The hair on Mr. Twit's Face didn't grow smooth and matted as it does on most hairy-faced men. It grew in spikes that stuck out straight like the bristles of a nailbrush". 

Rohl Dahl is one of the masters of fun and quirky children's writing. Besides being a fun and engaging read for students, the most notable thing about the dreadful, smelly, terrible Twits is the descriptive language that surrounds them, making this the perfect mentor text with which to discuss colourful word choice and how students can paint a picture with words. The book is rich with funny illustrations, and students will be equally grossed out and amused by the antics of the dreadful Twits and the revenge of the Muggle-Wumps. 

If you are discussing descriptive language in your class you might also be interested in my product 'Expanding Sentences'. These sentence activities are a fun way for students to develop their descriptive writing skills. Students are given a sentence which they rewrite. They are given a word bank of words for each sentence that they might find helpful when they do this, however they can also use works that they personally know and use. 


I would love to hear about one of your favourite books to use in the classroom.

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