All Summer In A Day

2 Feb

Yesterday we looked at Ray Bradbury’s dialogue and description. Here is some of the things we found out:


Bradbury uses dialogue to SHOW us ideas rather than simply state them. Compare:

All the children in the class were mean to Margot.


“It’s like a penny,” she said once, eyes closed.

“No, it’s not!” the children cried.

“it’s like a fire,” she said, “in the stove.”

“you’re lying, you don’t remember!” cried the children.

This dialogue adds life to story. You can hear the children teasing Margot in your head.

Check these rules when punctuating dialogue, or use the sheet in your English folder.


Kids often use exaggeration when they speak. Writers use exaggeration to make a child character sound real.

“Thousands upon thousands of days compounded”

Make sure you add some exaggeration into your writing to make your characters seem real. Use some dialogue to add even more effect!

Bradbury also uses description to help create an image in your mind. In English we call this Imagery. Look at Bradbury’s example.

… with the drum and gush of water, with the sweet crystal fall of showers and the concussion of storms…

Words like drum, gush, sweet, crystal and concussion all help you to see and hear the rain in the story.

Go back to your description of the weather. Can you add more description to help make the image clearer?



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