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The storm, by Jake Mangelsdorf, Childrens literature assignment

It was early afternoon and I was at the train station, with my id in hand with my age (14) and school year I look up at the sky to see if the clouds were any closers, then I filled with dread the storm clouds were closing in, Soon the storm would be over all Darwin. That morning there was a storm warning on the TV early that morning. I knew that I had to pick up my 8 year old sister Gemma from school at 3:20pm. It was 3:30 and the train wasn’t there. I thought it had been delayed by the storm as I was looking at times it said that the 3:00pm train was the last one to leave the station, I had been late, I had been home all morning and knew that I should of left and picked her up from school on time. But I hated getting her from school it was such an annoyance that I was the only one that could take her home. So today I stayed home instead of going to pick her up. After all we had argued the night before. As these thoughts bounced around my head the announcer on the pa system said “all trains have been cancelled due to unforseen weather problems, please go to the main counter for full refunds on all tickets” This was bad news if the train wasn’t coming I would have to ride my two seater bike across town to pick her up. I was really worried now I shouldn’t have left it so late I was thinking of her waiting in the school alone in a storm.

I ran home and got my bike, just as I was about to leave Daisy our dog bolted over and followed after me. It had started raining now, it wasn’t the worst rain, and it had been hot all day and the rain was really cooling. I started riding to the drainage system that runs across the city close to her school.  The rain was really coming down now. I could barely see a foot ahead of me. People were running into houses and boarding up windows, the storm was starting to look like a typhoon.  I was going through the drain really fast now and Daisy was keeping up I could see the end was in site. As I was preparing to ride the last bit when the alarm sounded from upstream and the water valve opened and all the water started pouring down the drain.

I turned left and jumped off my bike ran up the stairs to the exit gate, Daisy was standing right behind me. The gate was locked I didn’t know how to unlock it. I had never had to use this exit before. I picked up daisy and put her on the other side of the gate I then tried grabbing the top of the gate, but it was out of my reach. I turned and look for anything that would help, and then I was it. On the other side of the of now raging torrent of dark water, there was another gate, like the one on this side but open, I knew the only way to get over there was to swim across the river to the other side, without thinking I dove in and started swimming for the other side of the drain. I was almost blinded by the dirty water and the only thing I could hear was Daisy barking at me from the safe side of the gate. It was strange she had never barked at me when I was swimming before and Daisy was my dog, she was 4 years old and had been down to the local river many times before. The only time she barked was when we were at my uncle’s farm and she saw a crocked. That’s when I realised I turned around and saw its green head go under the water downstream from me. If I had of been in the water any sooner it probably would have got me. As soon as I saw it dive down I used all my strength to swim to the bay and scramble up to the stairs that lead up to the open gate as soon as I turned around at the gate it was on the stairs running up. I slammed the gate closed and used the hinge to secure it.

By now most people were of the road and I started to think of Gemma, the school probably had sent everyone home so she would be waiting in the school assembly hall with the doors As I started to cross the street out the front of the school I heard a bark behind my left shoulder it was Daisy she was ran around the supposed short cut I had taken and was panting. I checked the time on my watch and it said 4pm it had taken me about 50 minutes to get from my house to here. I ran across the road and straight up to the main doors of the assembly hall. The door was held shut so I gave it a push and it opened, when I looked inside I found her and her best friend Mila waiting near the door. I started to apologize about everything that happened the night before and promised that I would always leave early to pick her up. Ever since then I picked her up on time and we didn’t fight anymore after that. In some ways that storm was the best thing for us. We never thought again and I would never ever as go through that drain again.

Grizzly Tales Assignment, Jake Mangelsdorf

 

Grizzly tales spaghetti man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsGYo2bKHBk

Jamie Rix’s first book “Grizzly Tales for gruesome kids” Was published in 1990 and was awarded the smarties prize of children’s choice awards.   Grizzly tales for gruesome kids received a rating of 6.5 from IBDb. The story’s in grizzly tales are about morality, they are also in a horror style of telling the story.  The story’s mainly about distrustful or naughty children. The kids in his stories are almost always punished in a way ironic to what their crimes is, for example, being turned into spaghetti because you won’t eat your meals. Jamie started writing the original story’s for his kids. The series focuses on frightening kids into behaving or doing “the right thing”.

The books were by Jamie Rix, the narrator of the show was Nigel Planer and animated by Sara and Simon Bor.  Probably the most important creators of the show are the writer, Jamie Rix, and the narrator Nigel Planer. They made the show what it was and added a horror feel to it. The narrator Nigel Planer sets the scenes with a chilling voice over about the kid or kids who are are causing trouble for someone/ usually a family or family members.  The writer Jamie Rix made the show have an effect on you when watching it, with the towns and the things that would be involved with the episode.

The target audience of grizzly tales for gruesome kids is all kids who are doing the wrong thing or disrespecting their parents. Its focus is that they want you to listen to your parents and believe what your tell you. The main age group Grizzly tales is aimed at it 6-12 year olds. Most of its stories are about kids who are in years 2 to 7 and about their school life. The things in it that would appeal to some kids is being spoiled, for example, getting a present for your birthday and not liking it cause it’s not exactly what you wanted to get. It wants you to relate to what the kids are thinking in some ways. A good example is in the spaghetti man when the child will not eat his dinner and wants to go straight to his dessert. The stories in it are also very simple and very short. Usually the episodes go for about 8-10 minutes and only really have about four characters at most in the episode to remember. The story of each episode is quite simple, three minutes about the kid’s home life and what he/she is doing to be naughty or being disrespectful. Then has them doing something bad, for example steeling or making their parents cry over something. The kids will then often be doing the bad thing again after being warned not to do it by someone (Almost all the time an adult) and get caught by the villain of episode and they get there just desserts (sometimes “just desserts” is actually what they get) The tales are very much like the children’s tale “The boy who cried wolf” where if you do something wrong eventually something bad is going happen where you learn your lesson.    

Bibliography

Reference http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a65632/art-attack-axed-after-18-years.html  

Review http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0229132/
References http://www.bafta.org/awards/childrens/nominations-childrens-awards-in-2008,593,BA.html

Grizzly Tales for gruesome kids, By Jake Mangelsdorf

The books were by Jamie Rix, the narrator of the show was Nigel Planner and animated by Sara and Simon Bor.  Probably the most important creators of the show are the writer, Jamie Rix, and the narrator Nigel Planner. They made the show what it was and added a horror feel to it. The narrator Nigel Planner sets the scenes with a chilling voice over about the kid or kids that are causing trouble for someone/ usually a family or family members.  The writer Jamie Rix made the show what it is, with the towns and the things that would be involved with the episode.

Jamie Rix’s first book “Grizzly Tales for gruesome kids” Was published in 1990 and was awarded the smarties prize of children’s choice awards.   Grizzly tales for gruesome kids received a rating of 6.5 from IBDb. The story’s in grizzly tales are about morality, they are also in a horror style of telling the story.  The story’s mainly about distrustful or naughty children. The kids in his stories are almost always punished in a way ironic to what their crimes is, for example, being turned into spaghetti because you won’t eat your meals. Jamie started writing the original story’s for his kids. The series focuses on frightening kids into behaving or doing “the right thing”.

The target audience of grizzly tales for gruesome kids is all kids that are doing the wrong thing or disrespecting their parents. Its focus is that they want you to listen to your parents and believe what your tell you. The main age group Grizzly tales is aimed at it 6-12 year olds. Most of its stories are about kids that are in years 2 to 7 and about their school life. The things in it that would appeal to some kids is being spoiled, for example, getting a present for your birthday and not liking it cause it’s not exactly what you wanted to get. It wants you to relate to what the kids are thinking in some ways. A good example is in the spaghetti man when the child will not eat his dinner and wants to go straight to his desert. The stories in it are also very simple and very short. Usually the episodes go for about 8-10 minutes and only really have about four characters at most in the episode to remember. The story of each episode is quite simple, three minutes about the kid’s home life and what he/she is doing to be naughty or being disrespectful. Then has them doing something bad, for example steeling or making their parents cry over something. The kids will then often be doing the bad thing again after being warned not to do it by someone (Almost all the time an adult) and get caught by the villain of episode and they get there just desserts (sometimes “just desserts” is actually what they get) The tales are very much like the children’s tale “The boy who cried wolf” where if you do something wrong eventually something bad is going happen where you learn your lesson.    

Bibliography

Wiki page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grizzly_Tales_for_Gruesome_Kids
Reference http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a65632/art-attack-axed-after-18-years.html  

Review http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0229132/
Jamie Rix wiki Page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie_Rix
 References http://www.bafta.org/awards/childrens/nominations-childrens-awards-in-2008,593,BA.html

http://www.rbooks.co.uk/author.aspx?id=28417        

 

Fantasy assignment two.

I have chosen High fantasy is a completely made up world of fantasy, for example, Middle Earth in lord of the rings. It almost always has different species of being.  An example is Elves, Orc’s, and Sand people. High fantasy is very different from low fantasy, in low fantasy it’s often only one fantasy element for usually magic. In high fantasy there is a lot of things in the world that differ from our own, magic, ghosts are just a few of the things in a high fantasy.              JRR Tolkien                       

JRR Tolkien
The creator of the lord of the rings series, most people have seen or heard of Lord of the rings. He Wrote the Hobbit, and all three Lord of the rings books, Fellowship of the ring, The Two Towers and Return of the King; all four a set in the same realm, his creations were all very good.

 It is what most people think of when they think, Fantasy they think of Elves, Orc’s and Wizards, all things Lord of the rings have. If it wasn’t for JRR Tolkien I probably would never have been interested in Fantasy, he was a very good writer, and his books have made great movies.

George RR Martin The creator of
with his extremely well done Game of thrones series, his game of thrones series is so good he is making another book as the TV series is made.
Game of thrones is a very high fantasy, it has undead, dragons and even the mystical Dire wolfs. His series is one of the best fantasy’s every made, and that might just be because it doesn’t have a main character that it is based around, it’s a variety of characters that the books and TV series have staring in them, no one person stands as the main character.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
No one really knows that Charles was the writer of the fantasy story Alice and wonderland, and brought to us a children’s novel that was both dark and lighthearted at the same time.

Wonderland is a very high fantasy world, with rabbits talking and varies animals being able to talk and even eat like humans do. Though the world Alice comes from is very normal, Wonderland is almost the complete opposite of the “Normal world” and is filled with adventures. It is a very wonderful story.

In all three stories it has many ideas and themes told, in Lord of the rings there is a theme of Humans vs evil, and if humankind falls the whole world does too. The elements of fantasy are everywhere, evil is winning and good cannot possibly defeat it. But one small hero can defeat the evil, if he has the courage and friends, he can do it. The story and thing that lord of the rings message to take away is that no matter how little you are, no matter how insignificant you can change things.

In Game of thrones, there are four sides you can take, The Starks, the “good guys” who have honor and do the right thing, most of the time, the Lannisters, the smart and wealthy family that will always protect each other and pay whatever price for power. They are the main two houses fighting for power.  
By Jake Mangelsdorf.

Edward Scissorhands part two.

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 He is a part human, partrobot that was created by the professor, but has a heart and feelings like a normal person. He is very innocent to the world and doesn’t understand right from wrong. All the people in the unnamed city have normal jobs and families. They have strange coloured houses that they never comment on; the cars are all the same model. The husbands all get home at the same time of day.

Elements from many other fairy tales are in “Edward Scissorhands” such as “beauty and the beast” , “Pinocchio” and “Romeo and Juliet” In Beauty and the Beast The “beast” seems at the start, like an awful creature that’s heartless , that turns out to be a nice man that was cursed. In the Romeo and Juliet element is that Edward and Kim can’t be together because of Kim having a boyfriend Jim.

Edward is safe up in his castle on the hill, even though he lives on his own he has nothing to worry about. Then Peg come up to his house and takes him to her house, because she feels bad for him. He then starts his world of the normal people adventure where he meets the love of his life, Kim, who doesn’t yet know about him. But he is a very simple to understand person and thinks that she is the most beautiful person he’s ever seen in his life. He then settles into the town quiet well, most people like him, the only one to really not like him is Kim’s, her friends and the mad lady that thinks he’s been sent by hell. He doesn’t seem to have much talent in anything when he first arrives but after turning Peg’s backyard hedge into a work of art the town start to respect him as an artist. Though he’s artwork is liked by almost all the towns folk, he doesn’t want to charge to do it, him thinking that since it’s something he likes doing is a reward enough for him. His hedges are like by everyone but when he starts cutting dogs hair the women of the town want him to cut there’s after watching him cut Joyce’s hair. He then changes the town from a bored and dull day to day town to a different happy place where things are weird. But his story is very different, he doesn’t get the happy ending like other fairy tales, his endings more of a, change, he ends up back in his huge castle cutting the plants, but he does still have a change on the town, his ice cutting means that every Christmas it’s now snows, this doesn’t seem to make anyone of the town care, but Kim still knows that he’s up there, but she never goes to visit him. After she lied to the town and ended her relationship with him, the presumably never saw or talked to him again.

If there was any message to give to a young audience isn’t that much of a strong one, it tells you that true love makes it, though it doesn’t really show that being different is a good thing, as the ending represents Edward being chased out of the city but the police and all the people. Edwards adventure leaves him alone, trapped and most likely hunted by Jim after killing him. Its defiantly not the best message to send to children, but it’s still a good message, it shows that people don’t always tell the truth and that you shouldn’t blindly trust someone even if you love them, it’s not a happy ending, but it’s an ending with a strong meaning, that even though most the town hates him, Edward still comes out the Hero that even if only five people know he’s a good person, they still know it, it turns out that the robot did the most human thing in the end.    
Jake Mangelsdorf.
Photo from http://www.google.com.au/imgres?hl=en&safe=off&biw=1680&bih=848&tbm=isch&tbnid=ESgedaAkAaKv2M:&imgrefurl=http://nadiamarroushimi.blogspot.com/2011_12_01_archive.html&docid=SfoeCsIhfqXqdM&imgurl=http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7FvKGu59S7w/TtvOO6gGkmI/AAAAAAAAASc/i9x290c-9Rw/s1600/tim%252Bburton%252Bedward_scissorhands15.jpg&w=800&h=444&ei=H8YfUMiKGM-hiAfVtIHYBA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=172&vpy=169&dur=2770&hovh=167&hovw=302&tx=274&ty=131&sig=108729099127788723451&page=1&tbnh=116&tbnw=209&start=0&ndsp=29&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0,i:70

Propaganda Poster

This Poster is aimed at sort of naive American people who are age 18-25, most military posters are aimed at people this age.  With using words like “Liberty” and “freedom” it makes it feel like the Military are doing the right thing (Though most people who actually know why they are invading Iraq wouldn’t find it a very good reason to be invading a country) . The picture is the flag of Iraq with the statue of Liberty a symbol of Freedom and Victory to American people.   The use of the Iraq flag also makes it look like America is on the Iraqi people’s side and actually cares about freeing their country.  The word Liberty also strengthens that because it sounds like after they are done the people of Iraq will be liberated. But the poster doesn’t say what they are being liberated from. Because most American people would think that Iraq is full of terrorists and war, which their country want to end of course.  It’s not a really creative poster and it’s in resemblance of the old “We want you” posters with Uncle Sam in his American flag jacket, It’s a kind of a corny poster but hopefully effective to the target audience.   Image

Assignment Two

Advantages of the internet news: Assignment Notes
Internet news can be reliable because more people are commenting on it or editing it and correcting it.  Another plus side of internet news is that most people don’t have an agenda, they aren’t being told to report one side of the story or make someone else’s option look wrong.  Unlike most American news reporters they don’t have a script to go by or a fear of being fired if they show there option.  Also most internet opinions are well informed because they have a lot of information they can access like other sites and videos about it, also the information isn’t reported live and doesn’t have too be approved by editors. Also when looking at info on the internet you can look at lots more videos some edited and some raw footage.

The Disadvantages of internet news.
A lot of the information people get on the internet can be just wrong and misspelled.  People on the internet can report what they can hear on the news or what they read about. Also people on the internet can be very opinionated about things and can think that what they have heard about something is always right. Just like a lot of news stations people can think what they have herd or what they think is true is true and that nothing can be true on the contrary. Although they will get the news right sometimes there can wrongly reported news. Bloggers can also do something that most reporters do, which they really shouldn’t do which is involve their emotions into the post.      
As in if they find the story sad they report the side of the story that’s sad they will write that the enemy of the story is a villain which can be seen in the video of the Australian boy dropping the smaller kid for bulling him at the start of the video.