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Krindlekrax
By Philip Ridley

Mike Winkle has sent in another of his great Study Guides. This time it's for Philip Ridley's 'Krindlekrax' book.


'Krindlekrax' Study Guide (Ideas for Literacy Hour work)

The plot and text of the book is, of course, ©Philip Ridley

Page reference
(Red Fox edition)
Task:
p.6
Draw Ruskin
p.14
Elivis is a bully. How would you deal with him?
p.27 'The playground was made of asphalt that sparkled in the sunlight like crushed diamonds on black velvet.'
Describe your school using images like this.
The hall was...
My classroom was...
My teacher is...
p.34
Write out the passage and ask the children to provide punctuation.
p.47 From 'Ruskin went inside...'
What routines does your family have?
p.50 From 'Ruskin knew the street so well..'
The author often repeats a phrase in a sentence to describe something. Describe your street in the same way.
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Ruskin wants to be the 'hero of Lizard Street', (and English heroes fight dragons?). What kind of a hero would you like to be? What do you need to do to achieve this target?
p.64 Children to read pages 64 to 67

Comprehension exercise:
1. Who did Winston want to be friends with?
2. Why did Winston agree to bring home a crocodile?
3. List the words that describe a sound made in the pub.
4. How big was the crocodile?
5. Do you feel sorry for Winston? Why?
6. Who will paint the new pub sign?

p.86 - bottom of the page
The author wants us to hear the sounds that Ruskin hears. He does this by making up new words which really do sound like what they're describing. Make up some sound words of your own and by the side explain what they mean.
p.102
Write a story describing an adventure Ruskin has down the sewer.
p.110 & 111
Draw Krindlekrax.
p.120 & 121
Do you think it was a dream or was it real? Explain.
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What was the name of Ruskin's school? What kind of monster did Corky describe? What was the play about? What was the name of the pub? Can you understand why Ruskin was worried and had the dream?
p.127
Ruskin becomes a hero because he fights his worries. Write a few sentences on what you think are the qualities of a hero/heroine?
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Ruskin was desperate for a child friend. Give him a friend and write a short description of their first meeting. What will they say to each other?
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Write short descriptions of the following characters and say whether you like them or not.
Ruskin, Elvis, Mr. Lace, Corky, Wendy, Winston, Sparkey Walnut.



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