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Reading

The Ickabog

Introduction to our reading

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VIPERS- How we read at Chickerell

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HINT: Read the chapter before looking at the questions- they may give little clues to the story!

Chapter 1 video- Explaining VIPERS

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Chapter 1- King Fred the Fearless

1) VOCABULARY

Find these words in a dictionary (or online dictionary) and write the meanings:

  • cornucopia
  • footmen
  • breeches
  • doublets
  • merchant
  • elaborate
  • sumptuous

 

2) RETRIEVE 

Write 3 facts you have learnt about Cornucopia.

 

3) PREDICT

What might Lord Spittleworth do later in the book?  How might this affect the king?

 

Challenge:

If you were in the book, what would you be called?

e.g. King Fred the Fearless, King Richard the Righteous

Chapter 2 video- Explaining VIPERS

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Chapter 2- The Ickabog

1) EXPLAIN

The Ickabog, they said, had extraordinary powers. It could imitate the human voice to lure travellers into its clutches. If you tried to kill it, it would mend magically, or else split into two Ickabogs; it could fly, spurt fire, shoot poison – the Ickabog’s powers were as great as the imagination of the teller.

 

What does J.K.Rowling mean by "the Ickabog's powers were as great as the imagination of the teller"?

 

2) SUMMARISE

What makes the Ickabog so legendary?

There are no wrong answers for this question- write what you think.

-What do we know about it?

-What don't we know about it?

 

Challenge:

Are there any other books with this type of character?  What happens?

Chapter 3- Death of a seamstress

Choose your favourite chapter so far.

Look at J.K. Rowling's drawing themes and draw a picture to enter for the publishing competition (must be submitted by a parent).

Chapter 4 video- Explaining VIPERS

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Chapter 4- The Quiet House

1) INFERENCE

How might Mr Dovetail, and his daughter Daisy feel about moving house? 

Chapter 5- Daisy Dovetail

1) RETRIEVE

Find 3 facts that describe the Dovetail's new cottage.

Chapter 6- The Fight in the courtyard

VOCABULARY

1) Write these words in your best handwriting. 

2) Look up the definitions in a dictionary.

3) Use the words in a new sentence.

  • banish
  • commotion
  • smirked

Chapter 7- Lord Spittleworth Tells Tales

INFER

How might the King be feeling:

1) After finishing dinner with his friends?

2) After hearing that some children had fought?

3) When realising Major Beamish's son had defended the King's name?

4) When the King heard Daisy Dovetail's name?

5) When the King heard Daisy had called him 'selfish, vain and cruel'?

Listen to Chapter 8

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Chapter 8- The Day of Petition

1) PREDICT

‘Lunchtime!’ boomed Flapoon, but just as the guards were attempting to close the doors, a kerfuffle was heard, and the doors flew open once more.

 

Who's outside the door?  Who might want to see the King?  

 

2) EXPLAIN

Why did the King change into plain black?

 

Challenge:  Why are Daisy's words troubling the King so much? 

Chapter 9- The Shepherd's Story

'Dashed impertinence, being late for the King,' said Flapoon.

1) EXPLAIN

Explain what this sentence means- you may need to use a dictionary.

 

2) RETRIEVE

In Chapter 6 the King is described as 'selfish, vain and cruel', but how is he described in Chapter 9?

Chapter 10- King Fred's Quest

Submit an illustration to the competition (details in Chapter 3 above).

The themes you can draw (covering Chapter 9 and 10) are:

King Fred in battle dress

Major Beamish and Captain Goodfellow

Lady Eslanda and the other ladies of the court in the balcony

Lord Flapoon on his horse

Lord Spittleworth on his horse

Bert and Mrs Beamish waving goodbye

 

If you submit an entry, we would love to see your drawings too! 

Chapter 11- The Journey North

1) SUMMARISE

Copy and complete the table below into your exercise book.

Picture 1

2) In all three of these cities J. K. Rowling has created a contrast between the luxury of the King and that of Lord Spittleworth and Lord Flapoon.  Why do you think the author has done this?

 

Challenge:

Write your own paragraph of the King's night in the Marshlands.  Will there be the same contrast? 

Listen to Chapter 12

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Chapter 12- The King's Lost Sword

1) PREDICT

Think about how Lord Flapoon and Lord Spittleworth have been portrayed so far in the book.  Discuss this with an adult, or write your thoughts in your exercise book.  

Have they done anything helpful for the King so far in the story?

Do they care for the King's interests or their own?

How did they react to the King going missing in the fog?

 

Predict- What do you think will happen to Lord Spittleworth and Lord Flapoon when they try to find King Fred's sword?  Does this change how King Fred thinks about them?

Chapter 13- The Accident

1) INFER

(Paragraph 1) The two lords had no choice but to leave the king and Captain Roach in their little clearing in the fog and proceed onto the marsh. Spittleworth took the lead, feeling his way with his feet for the firmest bits of ground. Flapoon followed close behind, still holding tightly to the hem of Spittleworth’s coat and sinking deeply with every footstep because he was so heavy. The fog was clammy on their skin and rendered them almost completely blind. In spite of Spittleworth’s best efforts, the two lords’ boots were soon full to the brim with fetid water.

 

How might Lord Spittleworth and Flapoon be feeling?

 

2) VOCAB

What does 'fetid water' mean?

 

3) EXPLAIN

(Paragraph 2) ‘That blasted nincompoop!’ muttered Spittleworth as they squelched along. ‘That blithering buffoon! This is all his fault, the mouse-brained moron!’

What writing techniques has the author used?

 

4) RETRIEVE

a) How are the boulders described?

b) How are the reeds described?

(Paragraph 5)

 

5) PREDICT

Will the King find out what really happened to Major Beamish?

 

6) SUMMARISE

Can you describe what has happened in this chapter?

Chapter 14- Lord Spittleworth's Plan

1) INFER

In the last 2 paragraphs of this chapter:

a) How was Spittleworth feeling?

b) How was the King feeling?

 

Challenge: What does this tell us about the King?  Why is he so ready to believe his Lords? 

Chapter 15- The King Returns

VOCABULARY

Write the meaning of:

sceptics

preposterous 

Chapter 16- Bert Says Goodbye

1) RETRIEVE

What was the name of the made up messenger?

 

2) RETRIEVE

Where did they lay Beamish's body when back at the palace? 

Chapter 17- Goodfellow Makes a Stand

1) SUMMARISE

What is Spittleworth asking the Royal Guard to do in this chapter?  Do you think his plan will work?

Chapter 18- End of An Advisor

1) PREDICT

What will Spittleworth and Roach say happened to Herringbone, The Chief Advisor, when they speak to the King?

 

Challenge:

Do you think Spittleworth will change his behaviour in the future?  Give evidence for you answer.

 

Listen to Chapter 19

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Chapter 19- Lady Eslanda

1) EXPLAIN

Explain how Lady Eslanda stopped Lord Spittleworth killing the 3 men. 

Chapter 20- Medals for Beamish and Buttons

INFER

Write a letter from Daisy Dovetail to Burt Beamish.

Consider:

-What would she want to say to him?

-Can she sympathise with how he's feeling?

-What can they do together next?

Chapter 21- Professor Fraudysham

SUMMARISE

What do you think of Lord Spittleworths plan?  Will it happen?  Is it necessary?  How will the villagers react to an Ickabog tax?

Chapter 22- The House With No Flags

RETRIEVE

What 2 things did Lord Spittleworth spend the Ickabog tax on?

 

Chapter 23- The Trial

PREDICT

Do you think King Fred knew about the trial?  

Would he believe Goodfellow, Ogden and Wagstaff had committed treason?

Do you think the soldiers will ever be released?

Chapter 24- The Bandalore

Enter an illustration into the competition (all details above under Chapter 3).

The theme can be: the Bandalore, or Pastries Lying in the Earth

 

Chapter 25- Lord Spittleworth's Problem

VOCABULARY

What does "cudgel his sneaky brains though he might" mean?

Listen to Chapter 26

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Chapter 26- A job for Mr Dovetail

1) PREDICT
What does Mr Dovetail do with the 'enormous piece of wood, his chisels and his knives'?

Does he make the foot?

Does he escape?

 

2) SUMMARISE

What does Lord Spittleworth need the wooden foot for?

 

Listen to Chapter 27

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Chapter 27- Kidnapped

RETRIEVE

1) What is the name of the man who kidnapped Daisy? 

2) Who was he?  What was his job?

3) How much did the man pay Ma Grunter?

 

Chapter 28- Ma Grunter

INFER

Imagining you are Daisy, write a diary about your first night at Ma Grunters.

-What do you see?

-What do you hear?

-Emotions: What do you feel?

-What are your hopes?

 

Chapter 29- Mrs Beamish Worries

Draw 2 thought bubbles and write at least 2 thoughts in each.  One thought bubble for Bert and one for Mrs Beamish.  What are they thinking about in this chapter?  Jot down all their worries and concerns. 

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Chapter 30- The Foot

EXPLAIN

Why does Lord Spittleworth refer to Mr Dovetail as a traitor?  

Is it true?  Give reasons for and against.

 

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Chapter 31- Disappearance of a Butcher

RETRIEVE

1) What did the members of the Ickabog Defence Brigade put on the horses hooves to disguise them?

2) What was the name of the Butcher?

3) What did the Ickabog Defence Brigade do to the Butcher's house to make it look like an Ickabog attack?

 

Chapter 32- A flaw in the plan

Write a newspaper report for the discovery of the missing Butcher and his wife.

-What would the headline be?

-Can you answer the 5ws: Who? What? When? Where? Why?

-What would a quote from one of the villagers be?

Chapter 33- King Fred is Worried

1) SUMMARISE

How did Spittleworth say the Ickabog escaped from the Marshland to the King?

 

2) RETRIEVE

What did Flapoon eat at dinner?

What did Spittleworth eat?

 

Chapter 34- Three More Feet

PREDICT

What is Lord Spittleworth going to do with Lady Eslanda if the soldiers manage to take her to his country estate?

 

Chapter 35- Lord Spittleworth's Proposal

Complete an illustration for the competition

The themes for chapters 35 and 36 are:

Lady Eslanda in the rose garden

Some roses

Lady Eslanda reading Spittleworth’s book

A prison

An orphanage

 

Competition info: https://www.theickabog.com/competition/

 

Chapter 36- Cornucopia Hungry

1) VOCABULARY

Find the meaning to these words:

poverty

treason

orphanage

desperation

 

2) SUMMARISE

Why is the chapter title 'Cornucopia Hungry' a play on words?

 

Chapter 37- Daisy and the Moon

ords? SUMMARISE

1) Sketch what you think Daisy may look like.  Use clues in the text to help you.

Around your picture tell me about: 

-Daisy's family

-Her appearance

-Her character traits (is she shy, stubborn, silly, determined?)

 

2) PREDICT

How will Daisy feature in the rest of the story?  Is the author giving us a clue in this chapter?  Will she be important in defeating Lord Spittleworth and his evil plans?

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