Snack on Twinkies while talking about the discussion questions in individual table groups.
Write questions for an advice column run by Dr. Silverfish. Trade questions and write answers to the questions. Have one group member present the answer wearing a clown nose and goofy shirt or hat.
Other snack possibilities: Broccoli, weak tea / nothing (but that would be mean), carrot cake, fruit, oatmeal raisin cookies, cherry vanilla ice cream
Other possible activities:
- Pull scenarios from a basket and act out how perfect and imperfect people would respond.
- Dr. Silverfish’s three lessons focus on courage, will power, and doing nothing. Make up your own three-step plan to Be a Perfect Person. You can use his three characteristics or choose your own. Assign one activity per characteristic.
- Freeze tag, Statues, or other activity that requires you to be absolutely still.
The kids loved the Twinkies. None of them had ever had one before, which the parents were all sort of surprised about. No one was horrified that their kids were eating them.
We only had four families, so we pulled the tables together and had the discussion as a group. The downside of that is that I end up leading the discussion; I think it’s better when it’s parent-led. The questions were all ok individually, but they started to get repetitive after a while. (We got to #1-6 on the list below.) The parents were very interested that the boys’ ideas of perfection involved a lot of money and nice clothes. There was an interesting discussion about whether a perfect person would have many friends, and whether you would like to be friends with a perfect person.
The activity was low-key, but fun. Kids and parents worked together, which was good since the kids needed their parents’ help to come up with both questions and answers. The Dr. Silverfish outfit was a clown nose, bow tie, and yellow fedora with a feather on each side. (Thank goodness it’s close enough to Halloween to find good costume pieces.) Only one of the boys would wear the clown nose. Amazingly, no one complained about sharing the hat.
Next month – Hyde and Shriek by David Lubar
- Would you want to be perfect? Why or why not?
- Think about something you really want. Would you do the things Milo had to do in order to get it? Why or why not? What’s the craziest thing you’d be willing to do to get what you want?
- Why do you think Milo’s dad let him continue with the book? Kids, do you think your parents would let you finish if they knew what you were up to? Parents, would you let your kids finish? Why or why not?
- Is there such a thing as a perfect person? What would a perfect person be like?
- Should Milo have trusted Dr. Silverfish? Why or why not?
- What is the difference between being a good person and a perfect person? Which do you think is more important to be? Why?
- How would your parents, friends and teachers react if you came to school wearing broccoli around your neck? Do you think you’d be able to keep it up all day?
- If you were going to write a how-to book, what would it be about?