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Get to know an aussie author: Jeni Mawter 2013

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  1. 1. About Jeni I live in Sydney, Australia I have published picture books, junior fiction, young adult fiction, poetry, non-fiction, verse narrative, song lyrics, scripts, and lots of other stuff.
  2. 2. Jeni’s Latest Book
  3. 3. Jeni’s Funny Photo
  4. 4. Writing Funny Stories Roald Dahl, Matilda           'Do you think that all children's books ought to  have   funny bits?' Miss Honey asked.         'I do,' Matilda said. 'Children are not so serious  as grown-ups and they love to laugh.'
  5. 5. What’s funny?        We find humour in                   SURPRISE!
  6. 6. We find humour in: Characters: who talk and act funny a huge burly man with a high-pitched voice a policeman who is scared of the dark A clown tripping before they get to throw a pie
  7. 7. We find humour in: Situations: when what we get isn’t what we expect. peanut butter flavoured fairy floss a thief who gets robbed a teenager in a kindergarten class
  8. 8. Funny Situations  1) Make the situation absurd.  Think of something sensible you had for breakfast:  For breakfast I ate a bowl of cereal.   Add something ridiculous:  For breakfast I ate a bowl of elephants.   Then get sillier:  For breakfast I ate a bowl of blue elephants.
  9. 9. Funny Situations 1) Make the situation absurd. For breakfast I ate a bowl of blue elephants wearing rollerblades. For breakfast I chased a bowl of blue elephants wearing rollerblades on their trunks. Rhyme if you like: For breakfast I chased a bowl of blue elephants wearing rollerblades on their trunks, Upstairs and downstairs till I caught them in their bunks.
  10. 10. Parody = Making fun of real situations The beagle is a funny breed Quite well-known for their greed Rubbish bins provide a treat And leftovers are obsolete. by Jeni Mawter
  11. 11. Embarrassing Situations I went to school with my jacket on upside down. I dived into the local swimming pool and my costume fell down. I was at the mall with my family when I ran into my teacher. I was at the mall when I walked head-first into a glass door. I fell over in the mud in front of all my class.
  12. 12.                    Substitute         Babies are cute … Not! Meeting Our Baby Little baby, soft and sweet  Looking like …                      … a pickled beet!   Eyes all scrunched Mouth all screamy Head so bald Nose all streamy   Only Mum could love that face You sure it’s from the human race?   By Jeni Mawter
  13. 13. Questions? www.jenimawter.com www.literaturelive.net

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