Following a musty, dusty map Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, his faithful cat Envelope and – of course- his good grey mare, enter a scary underground world with all manner of tricks, traps and medieval puzzles. Sir Charlie must use all his cunning and wit to get the others through.
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Read the other books about Sir Charlie Stinky Socks. Which one is your favourite? Can you write a review of it?
- Can you write a new story about Sir Charlie Stinky Socks?
- Make a character profile about Charlie. How old is he? Where does he live? What is his personality like? What are his favourite things?
- Read through the text and try to find any unfamiliar words. Can you find out what they mean?
- Look through the text to find different types of punctuation. How / why have they been used? What are the most / least common types of punctuation?
- Can you act out part or all of the story with some friends?
- Think of scary words to describe the ‘Tomb of Doom’.
- Can you make a puzzle like the one that Charlie faces in the River of Riddles?
- There are lots of examples of onomatopoeia in the story. Can you find them all? Can you think of any more?
- Rewrite the story from Charlie’s or the blacksmith’s daughter’s point of view.
- Write a new adventure featuring the blacksmith’s daughter.
- Can you record your own video retelling of this book?
- Can you make a Maths puzzle for Charlie to solve in a new adventure?
- Look at the use of different fonts and text styles in the story. Can you write your own story on a computer and use similar effects?
- Can you make your own storybook with interactive flaps that reveal hidden illustrations?
- Design and make a new treasure chest to add to the Goblie’s collection.
- Imagine that the book is going to be turned into a movie. Can you compose a tune for the soundtrack?
- Draw your own ‘Mystical Map’ on old-fashioned paper that shows the places mentioned in the story… or new imaginary places (see Resources below).