Diary of a Penguin-napper by Sally Harris
As I go through the report in more detail I may have the odd question, so thank you for being open to further assistance. I find your feedback particularly motivating and believe that signing up to this course has not only developed my writing confidence, but is one of the best things I did for my writing career". I would strongly recommend it to anyone wishing to write for children. Experienced writers would definitely benefit from it as well. There are some great names and nicknames.
Australians shorten everything. A barbeque is a barbie, the afternoon is the arvo and breakfast is breaky. We also shorten people's names or give them nicknames. In Diary of a Penguin-napper , the first character with a really Aussie name that comes to mind is Marty, which is short for Martin. Then, of course, there is his best mate, Turds. Short for Scott Trudman Trudman accidentally became Turdman, which then became Turds using a nickname is an easy way of adding humour to the story.
The same applies with the police officers. They could have had proper names, but they are much funnier as officers Fat and Skinny. It is rich in humour and trouble-making. Australians are known for not taking life too seriously and for flouting authority. Stories that can capture both of these aspects of the 'Aussie spirit' are really popular down here - and what is funnier and naughtier than stealing a penguin on a school trip in an attempt to impress a girl?
As a teacher, I know that even the most reluctant readers are likely to stick with a book if it makes them laugh and so Diary of a Penguin-napper was really written with these kids in mind.
Whilst there are many, more academic, indicators of the 'Australian-ness' of a book for children, when I think back over the books of my childhood, it is some or all of these qualities that really stand out in the Australian stories that I loved. That said, probably the very best part about Australian children's literature is that you don't even have to be Australian to enjoy it! You can get a taste of Sally's frank insight to all things writing, publishing and marketing at franklybooks on Twitter.
diary of a penguin-napper
This is the last stop on her whirlwind penguin-napping blog tour and you can check out the other stops and her blogging by visiting www. Better still, you can buy a copy of Diary of a Penguin-napper in paperback or e-book at Amazon. Giggle, giggle, snort. What a funny story of young love and misguided thinking. I mean seriously, stealing a penguin?!
I would never have thought of such a thing and I can't think of any other book on such a topic. Maybe that's one of the great things about reading literature that comes from other countries, the introduction of s torie s that are different and unusual. All Listings filter applied. Buy It Now.
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