Category Archives: Humor

The Upper Case: Trouble in Capital City

“The Upper Case: Trouble in Capital City”

All the uppercase letters are missing in Capital City!

If they are not found, the city will be in complete chaos.

Private I, the last uppercase letter, is on the case. 

For all those readers who loved Private I in the book, 7 Ate 9, here’s another case that needs his help.

This book promotes creative components of humor and fluency thinking.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its word play and the use of character traits which propel the story.

TITLE: The Upper Case: Trouble in Capital City

AUTHOR: Tara Lazar

ILLUSTRATOR: Ross MacDonald

PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion, 2019

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): humor, fluency thinking

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: 

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick two letters of your first name. What might happen if those letters went missing? How might you say your name? How might you solve the case of your missing first name? Create a story that explains how your letters went missing and how you found them.

2) Invent a new language. Use a different symbol to represent each letter of the alphabet. Then write your name using the symbols. Write a message using your symbols. Give your symbol-alphabet to a friend so they can decipher the message.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Tara Lazar, visit: https://taralazar.com/about/

To learn more about illustrator Ross MacDonald, visit:

https://www.ross-macdonald.com/about

A Busy Creature’s Day Eating!

“A Busy Creature’s Day Eating!”

Watch out for Busy Creature as he chomps his way through apples, berries, furniture, gravy, ice cream, and more. When he mixes too many odd “foods,” oh no!

A fun approach to teaching the ABC’s with a bit of storytelling, too.

This book promotes creative components of humor, imagination, and a different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its main character’s humorous antics and how the author/illustrator brings a fresh take to a common subject. Enjoy this read!

TITLE: A Busy Creature’s Day Eating!

AUTHOR: Mo Willems

ILLUSTRATOR: Mo Willems

PUBLISHER: Hyperion Books, 2018

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): alphabet, adventure

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, imagination, different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Create your own ABC adventure that stars you.

2) Design your own creature that might like to eat things at school.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Mo Willems, visit:

http://mowillemsfaq.blogspot.com

The Snowman

“The Snowman”

Upon waking up, a little boy rushes outside to build a snowman. When night falls, a magical friendship develops. The boy welcomes the snowman into his home where the adventures begin – turning in and off lights, unrolling paper towel rolls, snacking on ice cubes, dressing up and skateboarding. 

In return, the snowman takes the boy outside where more adventures ensue as they fly around the world.

Author/illustrator Raymond Briggs uses 175 picture frames to tell this winter adventure tale.

This book promotes creative components of imagination, humor, and wonder.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its wordless wonder that allows the reader to picture-read this comic book style story of friendship.

TITLE: The Snowman

AUTHOR: Raymond Briggs

ILLUSTRATOR: Raymond Briggs

PUBLISHER: Random House, 1978

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): friendship, snowman

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a snowman using this easy salt dough recipe. Mix ¼ cup flour, 1 tablespoon of salt, and1 tablespoon of water. If it’s too dry add a little more water. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour. Scent it by adding a ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon. It takes a few days to dry completely.

2) What things do you do with your friends?

3) For more activities: https://www.thesnowman.com/make-and-do/

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Raymond Briggs, visit: