I read a lot of children's/teen literature for my job as a reference librarian on the youth services team. A booktalk is an effort to get a young reader to pick up the book and read it. It's not a book review - it's more like a brief sales pitch. My goal is to write the booktalks (as soon as I've read the books) and to make them accessible to my colleagues, parents, and other readers.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Riotous Roald Dahl: Booktalk 1
Have you ever been bossed around and bullied by someone older than you? George has ... big time ... by his grandmother! His parents aren't home, and it's his job to give his grandmother her medicine at 11 o'clock. Just so you know, George lives on a farm in the middle of nowhere with only his grandma, his parents, and some farm animals. And poor George has the grumpiest, meanest grandma around. He gets a sudden idea: what if he makes her his own medicine, full of ingredients like nail polish, floor polish, and engine oil? But instead of dying, grandma gets taller, and taller, and taller, until her head bursts through the attic and the roof. George's marvelous medicine has produced a monster. Now that she's huge, what's she going to do? And what else can his medicine do?
George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl. 96 p. Puffin, 2007 [repr.]. Booktalk to elementary, intermediate grades, middle school/reluctant readers.