The latest in series of the Diary books, from Shamini Flint, is the very humorous Diary of a Taekwondo Master.
The previous book, Diary of a Rugby Champ, led neatly into this one when Marcus' dad decided that Marcus' kicking skills made him a perfect candidate for Taekwondo classes ... so off Marcus goes.
Marcus' sense of humour shines through as he demonstrates his own, particularly quirky take on his new master's instructions ... though not without consequences!
Despite Marcus' perceived lack of skills in the sports department, these books end on a realistic uplifting note as Marcus gives each sport everything he has got ... well, ok, after a bit of encouragement and a few giggles! Diary of a Taekwondo Master is notable for Marcus' ability to pull together elements from each sport ... soccer, cricket and rugby ... to pull off a great finale.
Told with a mixture of straight narrative, and dialogue contained in speech bubbles, the Diary series is a great way to engage readers with conversational narrative and encourage them to try different expressions and voices.
The fast pace together with Sally Heinrich's quirky illustrations make this a lively and engaging read.
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