Chatterpack A great new title from Hot Key Books ! The Great Galloon by Tom Banks Reading ideas and activities for your Chatterbooks groups
Hot Key Chatterpack 2 Here is a new Chatterpack from The Reading Agency and Hot Key Books with ideas for Chatterbooks reading group activities, discussion, and further reading, inspired by a wacky new book: THE GREAT GALLOON by Tom Banks Chatterbooks [ www.readinggroups.org/chatterbooks ] is a reading group programme for children aged 4 to 14 years. It is coordinated by The Reading Agency and its patron is author Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Chatterbooks groups run in libraries and schools, supporting and inspiring children’s literacy development by encouraging them to have a really good time reading and talking about books. The Reading Agency is an independent charity working to inspire more people to read more through programmes for adults, young people and Children – including the Summer Reading Challenge, and Chatterbooks. See www.readingagency.org.uk THE GREAT GALLOON The Great Galloon is an enormous airship, built by Captain Meredith Anstruther, with his crew, who might seem like a motley bunch but who are able to fight off invading marauders whilst drinking tea and sweeping floors! Captain Anstruther is preparing to marry the beautiful Lady Isabella, but disaster strikes when his evil younger brother comes aboard for the wedding and steals Isabella away onto his underwater Sumbaroon. Stanley, a clever boy with a small horn, and Rasmussen, a reluctant countess-‐to-‐be, are busy waiting for an adventure to begin. Instead they have to fight off BeheMoths, avoid enormous Seagles, encounter the terrifying (but nice really) Brunt and save the Galloon from sinking. How will they ever find the Captains bride when nothings happening? THE GREAT GALLOON is a humorous ‘Captain Pugwash meets Monty Python’ adventure, perfect for reading aloud and for growing readers looking for a silly, funny book. About the author: Tom has mainly worked in the theatre through his adult life, running a small company called the Network of Stuff with friends and making up and telling stories to young people and adults. He has also worked with the acclaimed childrens theatre company Tall Stories, devising and performing in shows such as ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Them With Tails’ all over the world. As well as all this he has worked as a question writer for TV quiz shows, a Tudor huntsman, an ineffectual bookseller, a youth theatre director and, a long time ago, as a secret shopper for a Trading Standards department, with a camera in his backpack and a keen sense of justice. Tom lives with his partner Sarah, their two children and an improbably loud three-‐legged cat in a non-‐trendy part of North London.
Hot Key Chatterpack 3 Introduce the book to your group and give them time to read it – then you can follow up with a session using activities from this pack. A Suggested Chatterbooks session plan (times approx) Welcome – juice & biscuits (5 mins) Getting started -‐ simple warm up activities(10 mins) eg. • Talk about all the things you know about pirates: famous pirates, pirates in stories and films, pirate flag, life at sea, pirate punishment…. Activities to get your group talking about the book – choose from below (35 mins) Goodbye, and dates for the next meeting (5 mins) After you’ve read The Great Galloon -‐ here are some more books to enjoy! AUTHOR TITLE PUBLISHER ISBN Barlow, Steve & Skidmore, Steve Pirate Gold (EDGE – I Hero series) Franklin Watts ISBN: 978-‐0749682644 Burchett, Jan & Vogler, Sara Skeleton Island: Sam Silver, Undercover Pirate Orion ISBN: 978-‐1444005844 Duddle, Jonny The Pirates Next Door Templar Publishing ISBN: 978-‐1848773929 Fardell, John The Flight of the Silver Turtle Faber ISBN: 978-0571226917 Freedman, Claire Pirates Love Underpants Simon & Schuster ISBN: 978-‐0857072641 Harrald, A.F Fizzlebert Stump: the boy who ran away from the circus (and joined the library) Bloomsbury ISBN: 978-‐1408830031 McDermid, Val My Granny is a Pirate Orchard ISBN: 978-‐1408309278 Mahy, Margaret The Great Piratical Rumbustification Orion ISBN: 978-‐1444005448 Platt, Richard & Riddell, Chris Pirate Diary Walker ISBN: 978-‐1406330601 Reeve, Philip Mortal Engines Marion Lloyd Books ISBN: 978-1407131276