Snake’s Elbows by Deirdre Madden will be the book discussed by Book Club this half term.
The initial impressions of the book were that it looks funny, unusual and a little muddled. Comparisons to Mr Gum were made by a few book clubbers because of the chatty style the author addresses the reader with. Book Lover also linked it to In a Glass Grimly for the same reason.
We were interested in the setting which at first glance seems like quite a dull, ordinary town. We are interested to see what hidden secrets the setting holds.
We agreed to read up to the end of chapter 7 for next Friday.
Happy Reading 🙂
A suspicious simkins eh? All sounds exciting. I can’t wait to get reading. I should get my hands on a copy tomorrow fingers crossed.
I think up to now the book is great. I can’t wait to read on and explain about it at book club. Now about the story:Well it is mysterious how Barney is a strange but a kind character. Wilf is good natured too though. I really like how Barney takes pity on Wilf and Dandelion like that. It proves how nice a person can be but Jasper is the total opposite which I find funny and excitable. I do wonder what Jasper’s dogs are going to do back to him. I also wonder how Jasper and Barney are going to meet because on the blurb it says that they are deadly enemies and about that painting it said about. It must be a good painting if they both want it and they are millionaires. Where do you think the painting will come from? Will Barney’s life as a child have more to it than we think?Is there a reason for Jasper’s anger? What ever happens I think the book will be good!
Wow great questions! That will give us something to get our teeth into on Friday.
MY COMMENT BY KATTY KANGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think it’s weird how the person who sent the bank letters last name is Simkins and there’s miss Simpkins. I know there not spelt the same but you say them the same.
I ALSO LIKE IT HOW JASPER AND BARNEY ARE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT CHARACTERS YET THEY WANT THE SAME PAINTING AND THEY ARE BOTH MILLIONAIRES AND WHAT I DON’T GET ABOUT THIS BOOK IS THE FACT THAT BARNEY IS MOVING TO THE SAME PLACE AS HIS WORST ENIMY YET JASPER DOESN’T DO ANY THING ABOUT IT AND HE JUST LEAVES HIM TO IT.
ALSO WHY DOESN’T BARNEY COMPLAIN TO THE WOOD FORD TRUMPETS THAT THERE GETTING ALL THERE ALL INFORMATION WRONG ABOUT HIM, AND WILF YET HE DOESN’T DO ANY THING ABOUT IT EXEPT TALK TO WILF ABOUT IT
ANY WAY I BET YOUR BORED OF LISTENING TO ME WAFFLE ON AND ON SO SEE YOU ON FRIDAY 🙂
I think that that is right i am quite confused why jasper didn’t stop barney as well because it was in the Woodford Trumpit but they didn’t do anything about it
so in a way that is a very fair point:)
I am going to ask a few more questions so you can think about them and tell us what you think at the next book club!
Do you think something will happen to Wilf?I keep on thinking that he might work for Jasper and is trying to find out about Barney for him but I am not too sure so I would like your opinions on it as well to help us decide if I am right. That is all I am going to say for now so try and think about those questions and hope you enjoy the book. 🙂
HI KATTY KANGA HERE I’VE GOT SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO ANSWER AT THE NEXT BOOK CLUB YOU GO TO!!!! 🙂
SO HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS: 🙂
DO YOU THINK JASPER AND BARNEY WILL MAKE FRIENDS IN THE END OR WILL THEY STAY ENEMIES FOR EVER? 🙂
DO YOU THINK THAT CANNIBAL AND BRUISER WILL TURN UP ON BARNEY’S DOORSTEP AND THEN BARNEY TAKES CANNIBAL AND BRUISER IN TO LIVE WITH HIM LIKE HE DID WITH DANDELION BUT THEN AGAIN WHAT IF CANNIBAL OR BRUISER EATS DANDELION AND BARNEY DOESN’T WANT THEM ANY MORE SO THEY HAVE TO GO BACK TO LIVE WITH JASPER AND DRESS UP FOR ALL HIS PARTIES? 🙂
DO YOU THINK JASPER LEAVES THE TOWN BECAUSE OF BARNEY AND THEN GETS THE PICTURE AT A DIFFERENT GALLERY? 🙂
DO YOU THINK THAT MAYBE BARNEY GETS THE PICTURE BUT THEN WILF IS WORKING FOR JASPER SO WILF STEALS THE PICTURE PRETENDING TO CLEAN OR WHATEVER BUT THEN TAKES IT TO JASPER SO THAT HE CAN HAVE IT AND THEN SHOW OF TO THE TOWN OF WOODFORD THAT HE’S GOT THE PICTURE AND BARNEY HASN’T AND THEN HE MIGHT TELL THE WOODFORD TRUMPET THAT BARNEY JUST GAVE IT TO HIM FOR FREE BECAUSE BARNEY THOUGHT JASPER DESERVERED IT MORE THAN HE DID OR MAYBE JASPER SAILED TO A DIFFERENT COUNTRY WITH THE PICTURE SO THAT BARNEY COULD NEVER GET IT BACK FROM HIM? 🙂
ANY WAY ENOUGH QUESTIONS MORE ABOUT THE ACTUAL BOOK ITSELF:
I REALLY LIKE THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT’S HUMOROUS AND REALLY INTRESTING AND IT JUST MAKES YOU WANT TO READ ON AND ON UNTIL YOU FINISH THE BOOK!!!!
I ALSO REALLY LIKE THIS BOOK BECAUSE THE AUTHER DESCRIBES EVERY LITTLE BIT OF WHAT IS HAPPENING SO VERY CAREFULLY WITCH I THINK IS REALLY GOOD AND THE AUTHER EXPLAINS EVERY THING SO CAREFULLY THAT YOU CAN JUST PICTURE WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THAT VERY TIME SO CLEARLY IN YOUR HEAD IT IS LIKE IT IS REALLY HAPPENING AND THAT ALL THAT THE AUTHER DESCRIBES AND SAYS IS REALLY TRUE AND THAT YOUR WATCHING IT ALL HAPPEN RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR VERY EYES! 🙂
ALSO I LIKE IT HOW SO MUCH ALWAYS HAPPEN IN EACH CHAPTER AND THE AUTHER TELLS YOU EXACTLY WHATS GOING ON AT BOTH JASPERS AND BARNEY’S PLACE AND I LIKE IT HOW THE AUTHER ALWAYS END THE CHAPTER ON A CLIFF HANGER SO IT REALLY MAKES YOU WANT TO READ ON AND ON AND ON! 🙂
I THINK THE BOOK IS CALLED SNAKES ELBOWS BECAUSE MAYBE THE PICTURE THAT BOTH JASPER AND BARNEY WANT TO BUY IS OF SNAKES ELBOWS OR A PICTURE OF A SNAKE! 🙂
SO SEE YOU NEXT WEEK AT BOOK CLUB AND YOU CAN ANSWER MY QUESTIONS OR YOU CAN ANSWER THEM ON THE BLOG! 🙂
THIS IS KATTY KANGA SIGNING OUT SEE YOU NEXT BOOK CLUB BOOK LOVERS!!!!!!!!!!!!
🙂 🙂 🙂 :-0
I think jasper might make friends and solve his differences as a prediction but i haven’t read that far yet
I think(as a prediction) that if they don’t make friends that jasper might move somewhere else to get the picture 🙂
i am wondering how far everyone has got
sorry to be nosy but i am just very curious
i got up to chapter4
I’m hoping to start tonight… I got my copy yesterday.
A super conversation about the start of the book (and beyond) this week. Lots of Book Clubbers have found the book hard to put down and have read well beyond our discussion limit of chapter seven.
Lots of ideas about the characters this week. I found the discussion of Wilf’s character particularly interesting. Until Katty Kanga mentioned it I hadn’t thought to be suspicious of his origins or of him seeming a little too good to be true. Hetty Panda and S L Minecraft (who have both read beyond chapter seven) hinted that their opinions of Wilf have changed as they have read further.
We are hoping to discuss how Barney and Jasper come together in the story next week. We will discuss up to chapter 14. Those of you who have read on consider refreshing your memories of these chapters so you know what to say and what not to say.
We enjoyed exploring the episode in chapter 8 about the lights in Barney’s house going on and off. We wonder what the significance of something mysterious that turns out to have such a mundane explanation might be. Hetty Panda enjoyed the suspense that was built up and we all enjoyed the imagery.
We also explored the title. “Snake’s Elbows” is Jasper’s curse phrase so we think it suggests the story won’t have a positive outcome for Him.
We will discuss up to the end of chapter 21 next week.
Happy reading! 🙂
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