The Demon Headmaster

The Demon HeadmasterFrom The Very First Day At Her New School, Dinah Can See That Something Is Horribly Wrong The Children Are Strangely Neat And Well Behaved And They Even Work During Break What S Going On Dinah Tries To Ask Her Foster Brothers, Lloyd And Harvey, But They Are Reluctant To Trust Her And The Headmaster Treats Them Like Trouble Makers And Warns Dinah Against Them.How Can She Find Out The Truth And What Is The Secret Of The Headmaster S Control and by Demon Cross really means Mean and Scary There are no actual demonic entities, and no souls are eternally damned in the making of this book In fact, it isn t even very scary rather unrealistically so, given the premise I mean, imagine you are little kid at a new school Your new foster brothers drop ominous hints and are clearly afraid of the headmaster and other students On your first day, all the other kids are strangely regimented and won t speak to you You get physically manhandled by the precepts, and then dragged to the head s office Afterward you can t remember what happened Likewise, think about life for the two boys every day they go to a school where they are shut in a room while all the other zombie like children conduct some secret activities The slightest misbehavior leads to physical abuse, such as being forced out into the snow for an extended period with no coat or gloves Their parents absolutely refuse to listen and insist the school is wonderful The scenario is nightmarish In execution, it comes across as merely stressful and slightly scary In real life a child in these conditions would probably have a break down or at least display some weird behavioral disorders But I guess they are English or something
The demon headmaster is a very spooky book that will captivate children from the start Dinah Glass starts at a new school and finds it to be very out of the ordinary None of the children play typical games in the playground they just stand around in circles, memorising multiplication tables and dates of kings and queens of England Her two new foster brothers seem very nervous of the Headmaster and she soon finds out why when she meets him herself Tall and thin in his black gown, with white hair and black glasses, he isn t a very comfortable character to spend any time with This unnatural and odd atmosphere is enough to allow children to explore a very strange setting where their imagination will truly unravel Suitable for children aged 9 10, this magical and mystique adventure will allow them to explore the world of hypnotism and investigation something that will really get them thinkin
I first picked up The Demon Headmaster when I was in Grade 2, and of course, my grade 2 self loved it It contained everything suspense, supernatural, action, and most importantly, an evil villian that was easy to relate to I mean, it s not uncommon for a 7 8 year old to have dreams of world domination.It s been quite a few years, and this book has been imposed onto me as a compulsory reader The following is written from my current perspective.Firstly, I have to say that I didn t enjoy this book as much the second time round The plot was rather well developed, and I credit Gillian Cross that, but various characters lacked dimension I couldn t really justify their actions, and to a certain extent, it contradicts with the initial image presented.The idea of supernatural abilities such as hypnosis in order to achieve the aspiration of world domination isn t that original and having been exposed to many similar books, I would say that the motives of the villain The headmaster are rather bland and honestly, making a speech in a TV show probably wouldn t be the best way of achieving it If the SPLAT members couldn t be hypnotized, wouldn t there be much people around the world who were immune Not all citizens would be watching the show would this method really be that effective And if it s not, then how smart is the Head
Lloyd and Harry Harvey worry that their new foster sister Dinah will become one of them the oddly well behaved children at their school Children who act in a strangely robotic fashion, and who when asked, will invariably respond He the headmaster is a marvellous man and this is the best school I ve ever been to Their concern seems warranted at first, as Dinah appears to fall into step with the majority But no one, not Lloyd and Harvey, not their small group of misfit friends, and certainly not the headmaster, counted on Dinah s stubborn streak, and it soon emerges that the headmaster is using hypnotism to control the students and teachers But to what end This is an interesting exploration, in school story format, of the conflict between order and freedom The headmaster s motto The man who can keep order can rule the world, is as succinct an expression of this polar antagonism as the novel achieves Despite its philosophical underpinnings however, I found
Second Review 4th July 5th July 2016So, this is a pretty famous series, but it s also very average Not too say I didn t enjoy myself or Gillian Cross crazy tale of hypnosis in an eighties English comprehensive school, but the characterisation isn t brilliant and the writing middling However, for its target audience I do recommend and if you wanna check it out too, it s all good First Review August 7th 2014 On the surface, The Demon Headmaster is a ever so slightly depressing, creepy book about a hypnotising, evil headteacher with plans for world domination However, delve deeper, and you may find Gillian Cross has raised some important issues social control, about the fact that the music we listen to, the television programmes we worship and the books we read influence our daily lives in than one way, and about discipline and creativity Slightly unnerving for a simple, short children s book that indeed are influenced by Orwell s Nineteen Eighty Four, referenced
Dinah Glass starts a new school where things are very strange The children act in a robotic and unnerving way, seemingly lead by the strange, fierce and intimidating headmaster Dinah begins to suspect that something is not quite right in the school, particularly surrounding the headmaster When she voices her concern to her peers they all reply with exactly the same phrase, the headmaster is a wonderful man The story unfolds and Dinah finds that her suspicions were correct, this is no ordinary school I read this story when I was in Year 6, and found the book equally compelling and unnerving Now I can see how social injustices are brought up in a way that is accessible to children For example, the perfect prefects are bullies and kick over Dinah s sickly step brother in the snow it arises deep hatred and knowing for right and wrong in a child The underlying story was also quite original at the time, the idea of hypnoti
I haven t revisited this classic since I first read it in the 80s It is certainly as good, and as creepy, as I remember Unlike my 80s self though, I did feel some sympathy towards the Headmaster, and feel that if he were in charge of running Britain rather than the current coalition government, the country would be in a much better state And if the Headmaster was in charge of schools today there would be no tex
I read this in 2005 06 over and over again I just stumbled onto it on my TL Damn, this is so nostalgic It IS for children, which is probably why I didn t like it much, the main idea about an evil headmaster..etc is nice, but in general, it wasn t to my liking.But I think kids would enjoy it, I like the questions in the school c
Dinah knows something is wrong as soon as she arrives in her new school Everything is too orderly, and no one steps out of line But what is going on This novel for early science fiction readers takes on issues of conformity and power and control.A 1001 Children s Book You Must Read.