Sunday, June 16, 2024
Geoffrey Gets the Jitters

Geoffrey Gets the Jitters

by Mark Warner
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Buy This Book * Nadia Shireen

Geoffrey’s got the jitters! It started last night when he was thinking about school – a funny, wiggly feeling in his tummy that grew and grew. But when Geoffrey’s tummy jitters started talking to him – that’s when he knew they were out of control. Geoffrey had to do something…


  • Look at the front cover of the book. What might it be about? Who is Geoffrey, and what are ‘Jitters’? How is the character feeling, and how can you tell?
  • The back cover of the book includes some quotes about one of Nadia Shireen’s previous books. Could you think of a suitable quote about this book that might be included on one of her future books?
  • Retell the story from Geoffrey’s point of view. You could also write this in the form of a diary.
  • Create your own story about a different character who gets ‘the jitters’. How do they deal with them?
  • This book includes a character from Barbara Throws a Wobbler. Can you read that too and describe which story you prefer? Could you write a new story that includes these characters?
  • Read this article about the author. Can you think of some other questions that you would like to ask?


  • How many jitters can you count on each page? How many are there in the whole book?


  • Design a game in which a character has to defeat ‘the jitters’.
  • Create a poster to teach people what they can do to overcome their worries.
  • Use publishing tools to create a poster to advertise this book.

Design Technology:

  • Could you create a 3D model of a ‘jitter’?
  • Design a worry (or ‘jitter’) box in which people can post messages that explain their worries.


  • Draw your own pictures to show what ‘the jitters’ (or other emotions) might look like. Look at the Worries guide at the back of the book for some ideas.
  • Create your own illustrations of Geoffrey at different points in the story.
  • Retell the story in the form of a comic strip.
  • This book includes Barbara from another of Nadia Shireen’s books. Watch this video and draw the character along with her.

Physical Education:

  • Create a sequence of stretches and movements that might help a person when they are feeling the jitters.


  • Think of a time when you got ‘the jitters’. How did it make you feel? How did you overcome your nerves?
  • What could one of Geoffrey’s friends say or do to help him overcome his jitters?
  • Why does it help to ‘sloooowly blow out the birthday candles of a very old tortoise’ or ‘stretch up to the sky and down to your toes’ when you are feeling the jitters? What other things can you do?
  • How many other emotions can you think of? How does each emotion make you feel?

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