An ‘Oulipian constraint’ is a literary discipline that seeks to inspire creativity by forcing the writer to work within specific limitations. For example, a lipogram demands the exclusion of one or more letters; and the tanka is a five-line Japanese poetic form, with fixed syllable patterns. Here, Alan Peat takes the tale of Cinderella, and using a combination of intriguing constraints and genre transformations, demonstrates half a hundred different ways to convey it. The potential for classroom use is tremendous; confident writers will thrill to the challenge of finding new vocabulary and enjoy playing boldly with language, whilst less able pupils may well be encouraged to new levels of experimentation, given the security of a familiar narrative, and clear boundaries within which to explore.
Pig's back in this incredible fourth diary told in an original, hilarious and unforgettable voice and packed with Pig's own drawings. This is fresh and silly laugh-out-loud humour…Read Book Review
Author: Harriet Goodwin
Phoenix has no desire to spend his summer at a stange house, with a cousin he barely knows. But when he finds a secret letter written by his mother, Elvira, shortly before she…Read Book Review
Author: Simon Mason
It’s never too early for pupils to start understanding the inherent difficulties in the study of history – the importance of knowing whence one’s information is coming, and…Read Book Review
Author: Annemarie Allan
Kelpies, selkies and trows – oh, my! Scottish folklore (and specifically, Robert Kirk’s The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies) is the basis of the latest novel by…Read Book Review
Author: Simon Mason
Tales of dysfunctional family units are hardly a rarity amongst books aimed at the 9+ age group – however, Simon Mason’s wonderful lightness of touch makes this novel…Read Book Review
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