The Big Book Show

Deeper meaningHow do you read a book critically? Where do you start when you have to write about what you have read?

At school students often have to read and write about texts. This thoroughly entertaining workshop provides students with loads of ideas to help get them into thinking critically.

We look at:Animal Farm

  • First impressions and how these can affect your reading experience
  • The world of the book (where and when it is set)
  • Characters and their motivations
  • Story and deeper meanings
  • Comparing books
  • Comparing books with other media like film.

Thank you to the teachers who have suggested ideas for books!

We are keeping two of the books from last year’s version:

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

Instead of To Kill A Mockingbird and The Hunger Games we are introducing:

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

These are two books we love. They were the two most frequently suggested by our client schools. Both are not too daunting for a non-English reader. And both deal with important themes of today. A film of The Hate U Give is due for release soon.

The details:

  • Versions suitable for intermediate and advanced language learners
  • Audience Maximum: 100 students
  • Duration: 90 minute


  • Holland and Belgium: 1st show €695, any other shows €595  (other Eurozone countries please enquire about prices in your country)
  • Sweden: 1st show SEK 7950, any other shows SEK 6950
  • Switzerland: 1st show CHF 895, any other shows CHF 795

Schools in the Netherlands: you can pay using the ‘Cultuurkaart’ – please contact us for details.

Schools in Sweden and Switzerland: please note the prices have gone up. This is because the cost of travelling and staying in these countries has risen enormously over the last few years. This is the first time we have increased our fees significantly for 10 years. We hope you will still feel a Big Wheel event is worth it!

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