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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers: Rhyme


Walter Speazlebud by David Donohue
Published by The O’Brien Press Ltd., 2002
ISBN 0-86278-762-9

This is the story of Walter and his unusual family. His father is an inventor, his mum an artist and his granddad a very talented wood carver who, like Walter, possesses the gift of “noitanigami” or imagination spelt backwards.

The power of “noitanigami” can make people go backwards in time but it can only be used to help others.

Walter Speazlebud by David Donohue

When Mr Strong, Walter’s horrible teacher, starts picking on him, he had better watch out. So too had class bully, Danny Biggles.

Walter Speazlebud touches on topics such as learning difficulties, bullying, old age and dying from a child’s perspective. In this Red Flag Reader from O’Brien Press, David Donohue has successfully stepped into the mind and “noitanigami” of a 9 year old boy.

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