Friday, July 30, 2010
31st July Lynne Reid Banks (1929) J.K.Rowling (1966)
English author Lynne Reid Banks is probably better known for her series of books about An Indian in the Cupboard but it is her series about Harry the Poisonous Centipede that the children I teach know her for. The Year 2 teachers like to serialise this squirmy adventure story where Harry disobeys his mother and goes up the Up-Pipe to the world of Hoo-Mins. Having been introduced to book one, they then rush to the library for book two and three. The book has also started a craze with many children, and the library, having a soft rubbery centipede that fits easily in a pocket and feels lovely and soft when rolled through your fingers. The library's well-loved centipede is called 'Barry'.