English KS1 / KS2: The Giggler Treatment' by Roddy Doyle

Actor and comedian Doc Brown explains what he loves about his favourite children’s book, The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle.

He explains that the story - about little creatures called Gigglers who punish adults for being mean to children by making them step in dog poo – makes him laugh.

He talks about some of the crazy aspects of the plot, and reads an extract which is brought to life with the help of some animation.

This clip is from the series Bringing Books to Life.

Teacher Notes

This could be used to introduce pupils to humour in writing and authorial intent. "What has Roddy Doyle used in the extracts that makes the reader want to laugh? Can you think of a time when it feels like an adult has been unfair?

Predict what could happen in the next chapter of the book, how would the gigglers help?"

Pupils could try writing a chapter of 'The Giggler Treatment' using humour.

Can be used to highlight the huge range of reading experiences available to young people and to explore how pupils imagine and interpret the books they have read.

Curriculum Notes

These clips are suitable for teaching English and Literacy at Key Stage 1, 1st Level, Key Stage 2 and 2nd Level.

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