We started a new book this term called "The Witches" by Roald Dahl. The kids were in love with the book even before we started reading. That's probably because I told them the author was the same guy who wrote "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "Fantastic Mr. Fox", and "Matilda". Mind you, they have never read any of these books (I asked), but of course, they've seen the movies. And in their minds, a book written by the same guy who wrote about a fantasy chocolate world must be a good book.
In case you never read it, "The Witches" is about, well, witches. And in the first chapter of the book, Dahl explains that witches are everywhere. They look like ordinary women and have ordinary jobs. Then he writes (and I read aloud), "...she might even be your lovely school-teacher who is reading these words to you at this very moment. Look carefully at that teacher. Perhaps she is smiling at the absurdity of the suggestion. Don't let that put you off. It could be part of her cleverness."
At that point, my students were completely consumed by a big case of the giggles.
A few chapters later, one of the characters in the book explains how you can spot a witch from the rest of the regular women. She gives a long list of characteristics to look for. After I read each one, my kids would discuss whether or not I could still be a witch. Now, some of these characteristics include being bald (which I am not), having color changing eyes (which I don't have) and having no toes (I have ten). They finally agreed I wasn't a witch when we got to the last characteristic: blue spit.
Too bad I wasn't eating a jolly rancher, or some other type of hardy candy that changes the color of your tongue. I'm sure the kids would have just loved that.