Magazine article Practical Literacy

Chomp'd

Magazine article Practical Literacy

Chomp'd

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Chomp'd

Susan Berran (2013)

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Melbourne, Victoria: JoJo Publications At first glance I wasn't quite sure what to make of this book; number five in the Freaky series. Some of the language was a little unusual and the changing font initially made it difficult for me to focus on the story I After a while though, I was able to I see past these things and found the I story was something that students I may find very enjoyable.

In Chomp'd, the protagonist, Sam, is being taken on holidays with his mum, his baby sister 'Miss Poopy-Pants', and his best friend Jared. Sam is ecstatic at the thought of being away from the country town of Agnath. To say that Sam hates Agnath is putting it mildly. Much of the 'colourful' language that occurs early in the book is directed at the country town and its residents. However, upon arrival at the holiday destination, all is not necessarily as it seems. Danger lurks at every turn and Sam is slowly convinced that his mum has not actually brought him on holiday, but perhaps has brought him in an attempt to offload him for good. All ends as it should, and you sense that Sam has walked away a little more appreciative of his mum ... though who knows if that feeling will last.

In thinking about how this book could be useful in a classroom, I found myself returning to the changing font and considering how this might link to visual literacy. It would be an interesting exercise to look at the way the author has used font to support the meaning of the text and talk about some of the different tools authors can use to help tell their stories. …

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