PART 7

Robbo’s story: dumpa’s the problem

characters

 

Robbo

  • Patient
  • Helpful
  • Responsible
  • determined

 

Callie

  • Ø Robbo’s sister
  • Ø Adamant
  • Ø Observant
  • Ø Hot-tempered

 

 

Dad

 

  • Ø Robbo’s father
  • Ø Concerned
  • Ø Fatherly

 

 

 

 

 

Mum

 

  • Ø Motherly
  • Ø Strong willed
  • Ø concerned

 

 

Roy

  • Robbo’s stepfather
  • Loves picking on Callie
  • Gets angry very quickly
  • bully

 

 

 

 

 

Dumpa

  • Ø Robbo’s half-brother
  • Ø Three years old
  • Ø Mischievous
  • Ø Loves his dad very  much

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

synopsis

                        Robbo’s parents broke off when he was

six. Whenever his dad visits them, the adults

end up in arguments. Finally, dad stopped his

visits. Robbo and  Callie had to visit his house

which was cold and horrible.

 

 

 

 

Callie hated her stepfather Roy whom

she called the Beard. He started to interfere

with a lot of things. Both the children love

their half brother, Dumpa. Dumpa adores Roy.

One day, Roy left the house after a row with

Mum. Dumpa missed him a lot. The children

made a plan so that their Dad and Mum can

bump into each other at the arcade. Everything

worked out as planned but not for long. Soon

Mum and Dad had their usual argument. Both

kids were baffled with their attitudes.

 

 

 

 

 

The children did not give up hope.

Infact, they tried something else. This time their

plan worked. Mum and Dad had something to

hand over to each other. So, the children were

pretty sure that their parents would patch up. At

that time, Mum got cheesed off with Roy.

Unfortunately Dumpa’s the problem.

He is  three years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One day Roy caught Callie pushing her bike

down the very narrow space between the bushes

and the car. Roy warned her but as she was in a

hurry, she took the short cut. In her anger, she

told Roy that he had no rights to tell her what to

as he was not her father. He caught her by the

wrist and swung her around. Then in a stern

voice, he told that it was his car. As the

argument was in progress, Mum intervened. Roy

was furious as to why he did not have the right

to correct her. All the while, he had been running

for the girl too.

 

 

 

All mum’s terms ended with Roy

insisting he had every right to make Callie to do

what he told her. Mum was worried that Callie

might start to hate him. As days went by, things

were getting worse and worse. Roy decided not

not to do anything to people who were not civil

to her. He refused to drive them to Hawksmoor

Hill with their toboggans. Callie was

disappointed. Roy was as stubborn as Callie.

 

 

 

Roy was busy clearing out the shed.

Dumpa was trailing in the snow. Mum called a

few times but Dumpa refused to come inside.

Even when Mum went to persuade Dumpa in,

the little one refused to come inside. Roy was

adamant and refused to help Mum get Dumpa

into the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, Robbo was sent to persuade Dumpa

to come inside. Robbo tried to trick Dumpa but

was unsuccessful. Next, he turned to Roy who

assured that Dumpa was wrapped up perfectly

warm. Roy too, refused to get into the house

which was icy cold towards him. As Robbo stood

there for long, Roy let Dumpa to get into the

house. Dumpa agreed with a price of a strawberry

rocket from the freezer. Dumpa was to get into the

house after he had finished it.

 

 

 

The ice lolly did not melt in the icy air.

So Mum decided to fetch Dumpa in but afraid of

triggering another argument with Roy. Roy told

the truth that Roy felt unwelcome in that house.

Mum was flabbergasted with such a remark.

Robbo persisted and finally Mum agreed with

her reasoning. Callie can never seem to get along

with Roy and Mum was stuck in the middle.

 

 

 

 

Despite all the persuasion, Callie never

wanted to compromise with Roy nor accept him

as part of the family. When Mum knew that

Callie should move in with her Dad. Before that

she went a dozen times to make sure Callie’s

favourites were in the house. Mum also read out

a list of duties for Dad. Robbo and Callie felt

their Mum needed a holiday after all the work

but again Dumpa was the problem. The children

volunteered to look after Dumpa with Dad’s

approval.

 

 

 

Practice A

 

Write short answers for the following.

 

  1. Who is the Beard?

 

………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

  1. Who is the sweetest child in the whole world?

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………..

 

  1. Why did Roy actually go away to his mother’s?

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………

 

  1. Where was Callie pushing her bike that Roy disapproved?

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

  1. What did Robbo take with him to give Dumpa?

……………………………………………………………………………………………

 

  1. Why did Callie and Robbo volunteered to look after Dumpa?

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

Answer

  1. Roy
  2. Dumpa
  3. He had a row with Mum.
  4. Pushing her bike down the very narrow space between the bushes and the car.
  5. A pair of gloves.
  6. So that their mum can go for a holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice B

What are these people from the novel saying?

Rearrange the words  to make correct sentences.

Then match the sentence to the person who says it.

 

 

1. snap  boy,  Don’t  Hope.  at  the 

 

 Mum

2. real  a  in You’re  family.

 

3. daughter?  Because not  she’s  my

that   it?  Is

 

 Callie

4. go  Let    Roy!   please!   Callie    at     of     once,

 

5. sitting   drive    house!    It’s   our   our   in    In  By   garden!

 

Roy

6. throw   you   for   I’ll  balls    head-butt.  to

 

7. your    please,    Callie.  Brush   hair,

like    rat’s   It    nest.  looks    a

 

 Dumpa

8. home   soon?  Dada coming

 woy  come   Make  Wobbo!  back   now,

 

Robbo

9. argue.   Lots   people   of

doesn’t   think.   what    It    probably    mean  you  

 

10. you  .  skip  Dad,    drag    off    arcade    get     new   

soccer    Look,    weekend    to    the    your     boots.

with     Mum      the     to     and        

 

Dad

Answers

 

1. Don’t snap at the boy, Hope, Dad
2. You’re in a real family Mum
3. Because she’s not my daughter? Is that it? Roy
4. Roy! Let go of Callie at once, please! Mum
5. It’s sitting in our drive. By our house! In our garden! Callie
6. I’ll throw balls for you to head-butt. Robbo
7. Brush your hair, please, Callie.  It looks like a rat’s nest Roy
8. Dada coming home soon?  Make Woy come back now, Wobbo! Dumpa
9. Lots of people argue. It probably doesn’t mean what you think. Robbo
10. Look, you skip the weekend with Dad, and drag Mum off to the arcade to get your new soccer boots. Callie

 

 

Practice C

Read the extracts from the novel and answer the questions below.

 

1.

I had a go. I took the tiny pair of dry gloves Mum handed me, and went

outside. The freezing wind gusted straight down the neck of my jacket. It was so

cold, I played my best card first.

‘Dumpa, if you come in, I’ll throw balls for you to head-butt.’

Dumpa just shook his head. I turned to Roy.

‘Mum’s worried about him. She wants him back inside.’

 

 

  1. What did Mum give Robbo for Dumpa?

 

………………………………………………………………………………………..

 

  1. What does the phrase played my best card mean?

 

………………………………………………………………………………………..

 

  1. Where is Dumpa?

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………

 

  1. Do you think Dumpa should get  into the house? Give a reason for your answer.

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………

 

 

 

2.

‘They’re not all little spats,’ I persisted. ‘Roy did walk out on us for a

whole week.’

Mum flushed.

‘That was quite different. That was –‘

Glancing at Callie, she broke off. But Callie met her eye.

‘I know what you were going to say. That was about me.’

Mum nodded. ‘It isn’t easy,’ she said. ‘You get upset with him. He gets

upset with you. And I’m stuck in the middle.’ She shook her head. ‘Never mind.

It’s just a matter of time, I’m sure.’ 

 

 

  1. How many days was Roy away?

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………

 

  1. He gets upset with you. Who does the he refer to?

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………

 

  1. What does Mum mean when she says I’m stuck in the middle?

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………

 

  1. Do you think it is easy to adapt to a new dad or mum? Give a reason.

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

 

 

 

3.

Dad followed her back into his new cosy sitting-room.

‘You’ll need a holiday after all this work.’

‘Fat chance,’ scoffed Mum. ‘You could look after Robbo, of course.

But Dumpa’s the problem.’

I looked at Callie. Callie looked at me. She knew she owed me one.

Like Dad, she knows it hasn’t been easy for Mum, over the last few weeks,

telling the school, explaining to her friends, comforting me.

‘We could look after Dumpa here,’ she said.

 

  1. Who is You  in the line “You’ll need a holiday after all this work?

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………

 

  1. What was the problem that Mum had?

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………

 

  1. Who agreed to look after Dumpa?

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………

 

  1. After hard work, it is good to have a holiday. Give a reason why one should have a holiday.

 

……………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Answers

 

  1. a.         A pair of gloves / A tiny pair of dry gloves

b.         Tried my best

c.         Outside the house

d.         Yes, because it is cold outside.

 

  1. a.         Seven days

b.         Roy

c.         He was angry with Callie

d.         Yes, because it is good to have a dad / mum to replace our own dad / mum

No, we can never replace our own dad and mum with anyone.

 

  1. a.         Mum

b.         Who would take care of Dumpa

c.         Callie and Robbo

d.         It will make us feel relaxed.

 

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