In Roddy Doyle, The Giggler Treatment, there is a race of small, almost invisible beings who have followed mankind since caveman times. Their task in life is to make life hard for adults who have been unfair to children. What they usually do is put a huge, smelly pile of dog poo right in front of the offending adult, so that he or she steps right in it.
My pupils (6. Klasse) have drawn up a list of offences that deserve the Giggler Treatment:
Grownups deserve to get poo on the shoe if…
- they frighten a child and then laugh about it.
- they trip a child so that the child flies into something.
- they burp and they blame the child.
- they promise that the child gets something and then he doesn’t get it.
- teachers think that pupils look at their neighbour at a test and they give them a bad grade.
- the children don’t get any sweets from their parents.
- the children shot the ball into a flowerbed.
- the parents said the children must clean the floor when they’re lying in their bed and read a book.
- they don’t pick up their rubbish and say to other people: “That’s the children’s rubbish.”
- they say to the children: “Say hello to me if you see me,” and then the children say “Hello” but the grownups don’t say “Hello”
- the teacher gives the children a lot of homework on a sunny and warm day.
- they do spring cleaning and let the children clean the toilet and they clean only the window.
- the parents hurt something and say their child hurt this.
- they tell them they aren’t allowed to watch TV.
- teachers write tests in the last lesson.
- they tell them they aren’t allowed to play football in the evening.
- they take the free time of the children away.
- they say always it’s too dangerous, so the children can’t do anything and have no fun.
- they don’t like children and always make life hard for them.
- they dont give their child a present on the child’s birthday.
- the parents don’t give pocket money to the children.
- they don’t give us more to play with the computer.
- they say you must cut your hair.
- they put them in the French lesson.
- the teacher writes a difficult test and gives it back on the next day.
- you come home too late and they say that you must go to sleep without lunch.
(I think my favourite is no. 12.)