Friday, January 7, 2011

Riotous Roald Dahl: Booktalk 3

People will do strange things for love, and Esio Trot is the perfect example of this. It’s a weird title, isn’t it? Anyone know the trick behind it? It’s actually the word “tortoise” spelled backwards and split in two. Tortoise, you know, like a turtle. Mr. Hoppy is a very shy and lonely man who lives by himself. Every day he talks to the lady on the balcony below his apartment’s balcony. Her name is Mrs. Silver, and she has a little tortoise called Alfie. Mr. Hoppy is madly in love with Mrs. Silver, and she adores her little Alfie. Her goal in life is to get little Alfie to grow bigger. As you can imagine, tortoises don’t grow very fast. But Mr. Hoppy hatches a secret plan involving a tortoise airlift and over 100 tortoises. Mr. Hoppy may be shy, but he is pretty devious. Some people will do anything for love: Esio Trot by Roald Dahl.

 Esio Trot by Roald Dahl. 64 p. Puffin, 2009 [repr.]. Booktalk to elementary, intermediate, middle school reluctant readers.

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