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Sunday 14 July 2019

Review: Roald Dahl's Creative Writing with The BFG

Learning how to write splendid settings is the core of this instructive and interactive book. But there is more to it than settings. 

It encourages children to explore their imagination and through the activities, feel confident in creating and building their own stories. 

It presents examples on how to use unusual language to make writing sparkle with interest. 

Short excerpts from The BFG are used as a way to string examples together and preserve continuity through the book.

The exercises/brainstorming activities set up each separate section of clearly defined grammar and writing advice. 

These gradually move on to other areas, with ideas on how to incorporate each learning experience in the writing.

The use of adjectives, synonyms, made-up hyphenated words, comparisons and similes, the importance of engaging the senses, and using the emotions to be descriptive, are each in turn, the nuts and bolts of the exercises.

There are tips on the significance of names and how they can be composed of two significant words, and a guide to mapping out a story with stress on the importance of sticking to the map. Point of view is explained while inventiveness is seen as a writer’s best asset. Beautifully designed and filled with illustrations by Quentin Blake, this book will stimulate the mind of any budding writer.

A whole page of Top Tips winds up this valuable resource for children with dreams of becoming writers, or for anyone who wants to refine their story-telling skills. Adults that have difficulties with structure and settings will find the simple ideas extremely helpful and easy to implement as these types of books have no age limit to their instruction.

Title: Roald Dahl’s Creative Writing with The BFG
Author: Jo Nelson
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher: Penguin Random House, $9.99
Publication Date: 5 February 2019
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780241384572
For ages: 8+
Type: Non-Fiction