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Challenge Check-In #6

Challenge Check-In #6

It’s the super squiffling Challenge Check-in!

This week we’re having a great time “gobblefunking around” with words!

Roald Dahl created hundreds of new words especially for his books.
Together they are known as GOBBLEFUNK – frumptious fans of The BFG will recognise lots of gloriumptious gobblefunk words like snozzcumber and whizzpopping

Dahl’s stories show how fun it can be to play around with normal words too. Sometimes he switches them back to front, like in Esio Trot and The Vicar of Nibbleswicke.
In Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts, Dahl makes words rhyme and chime together to create poetry that makes you feel all hopscotchy!

Here are some books that have fun with “langwitch” that you might like to borrow from your library this summer…

Pirates in Pyjamas by Caroline Crowe & Tom Knight
Have you ever wondered whether pirates wear pyjamas when it’s time to say goodnight? Well leap aboard the Leaky Parrot to find out! Captain Grotbeard and his crew love nothing better than
bubble baths, jim-jams and pillow fights! So if you want to be a pirate you don’t need a patch or
sword – just grab your best pyjamas and a bed to climb aboard.

General Mandrake Submarine said: I like the way they always wear pyjamas. The pictures are colourful and have lots of different things happening. This book will make you laugh out loud!

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Cat Burglar by Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam have swapped a life of crime for baking cakes in their cafe. But now there’s a new robber in town – the infamous Kitty-le-Claw! When there’s a midnight robbery at the bank, can the two baker dogs save the day?

Dona Iggy Astronomical said: I really liked this book because it rhymes and the illustrations are brilliant. It is really funny and I think you will really enjoy this book. If you have a little sister or brother they might like it if you read it to them.

Werewolf Club Rules! And Other Poems by Joseph Coelho
Find out the mysterious rules of Werewolf Club, how to look like a rainbow, what happens when puppies fall in love – and how to fold up your gran!

Marshal Bijou Vampire said: If you like poems you should read this book as it has very interesting poems

The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words by Andy Seed
Do you know what ‘park your jam on the frog’ means? Fancy some ognib? What rhymes with ‘circus’? …plus many more amazing things you never knew about words.
Have hours of fun wixing up your murds with this hilarious book, packed full of rhymes, puns, games, jokes, gibberish and more.

Marshal Pinky Bacon-slicer said: Amazing ! Not a boring non-fiction book at all. I enjoyed perplexing my friends with tongue twisters and spoonerisms.

Looking for some more reading recommendations? Try out the Book Sorter or ask for a suggestion

Have you created any made-up words of your own? Share your best gobblefunk in Chat!

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