Tag: bullying

  • All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury Short Story Analysis

    Harry Wingfield Summer rainstorm (1966) for Ladybird

    All Summer in a Day is a short story by American writer Ray Bradbury, first published in 1954. Find it in Ray Bradbury Stories Vol. 1. It’s interesting to see how science fiction evolves alongside our increased understanding of other planets. “All Summer In A Day” is a story of its time, written in an […]

  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes Novel Study

    The Hundred Dresses

    The Hundred Dresses is a middle grade American novel by Eleanor Estes, first published 1944. I consider this story a children’s literature sister of Katherine Mansfield’s short story “The Doll’s House“. The Hundred Dresses remains resonant with young readers today, and is happily still in print after winning a Newbery Honor. (The medal was awarded…

  • Sucker by Carson McCullers

    “Sucker” has been called Carson McCullers’ ‘apprentice story’. Written at the age of seventeen, she naturally demonstrated more sophisticated writing later on. “Sucker” was written in the mid 1930s and published for the public in 1963. For a while, McCullers forgot she ever wrote this story. “Sucker” was uncovered in her trunk of papers by…

  • Comedy Techniques In “This Country”

    This Country is a fly-on-the-wall mockumentary sitcom with two series so far (2017-2018). The story centers the misadventures of two cousins marooned in a small village in the Cotswolds. Most of their peers have moved on. Kerry and Kurtan are stuck in adolescence. They behave like typical Year 10s, despite being in their late 20s,…

  • Uncanny by Paul Jennings Hi-Lo Short Stories

    Uncanny is a hi-lo short story collection by Australian author Paul Jennings, first published 1988. The original ‘uncanny’ stories were by British writer May Sinclair (1863 – 1946). I read a collection of Sinclair’s uncanny short stories (1923) a few years ago and wasn’t really moved by them. This is because so many writers have…

  • Unbelievable by Paul Jennings Hi-lo Short Fiction

    Unbelievable Paul Jennings

    Unbelievable is a short story collection by Australian author Paul Jennings, copyrighted 1986. These are tall tales for eight-year-olds. Australia has a long history of tall tales, and Jennings very successfully adapted the techniques for a child audience. The 1980s was the decade of the irreverent male children’s author. Roald Dahl was the stand-out giant…

  • Unreal by Paul Jennings Hi-lo Short Fiction

    Unreal Paul Jennings

    Unreal is a collection of 8 short stories, first published 1985. This was the book that really kicked-off Jennings’ career as a children’s author.

  • Stephen King’s IT Storytelling Techniques

    IT 2017 movie poster

    IT is a 1986 horror novel by Stephen King, first adapted for screen in 1990, and most recently in 2017. This blog post is about the storytelling of the 2017 film. THE TERRIBLE MONSTER OF IT I liked what one reviewer had to say about IT: The monster in this film is whatever the story…

  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier Novel Study

    The Chocolate War cover

    The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier was not written with a young adult audience in mind, but class sets of the book found their way into English departments all over the world. Though this is not my favourite Cormier novel, it remains his best known. Heavy in symbolism and discussable themes, The Chocolate War also makes for…

  • Bullying In Children’s Literature

    bullying children's literature

    “Middle school wasn’t much fun for me. We had some bullying going on, and the best thing to do was to stay out of their way.” Jeff Kinney, author of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid WHAT IS BULLYING? Bullying is repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological aggressive behaviour by a person or group directed towards…

  • Child Moves House Trope In Children’s Fiction

    Edna Eicke New Yorker July 29th, 1950

    Child moves house and starts at new school. This trope is hard to write well because it has been done so many times before. But it’s very useful, because many children’s stories are about friendship, and all stories about friendship must start from a point of loneliness. Everyone is lonely when they move to a new place.

  • The Ideology Of Fatness In Children’s Stories

    Fat studies scholars and activists have traced and challenged the longstanding association between fatness and ugliness. While fat bodies were once revered because they signified wealth and prosperity, the proliferation of advertising and consumer culture has, over the past four decades, turned a fat body into an ugly body. Such scholarship makes clear that the…