Category Archives: Humor

Poppy Pickle

“Poppy Pickle”

While Poppy lives in an ordinary house with ordinary parents and ordinary cats, she is far from ordinary. She is full of imagination. Sometimes Poppy’s imagination lands her in a pickle. 

One day after being sent to her room, Poppy starts to imagine and then something happens. 

All the things that Poppy imagines come alive. Things get out of control. How will Poppy fix things before her parents enter her room?

This story promotes the creative components of imagination and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of its celebration of imagination. This humorous story is a fun read. Be sure to “read” the pictures.

TITLE: Poppy Pickle

AUTHOR: Emma Yarlett

ILLUSTRATOR: Emma Yarlett

PUBLISHER: Templar Books, 2015

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): childhood, imagination

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Set a timer for ten minutes. Make a list of all the things that you can image. Let your imagination go wild. It can weird and wacky. It can be strange and unusual. It is imagined without judging it. From your list, pick one thing to sketch out. Name it.

2) Has your imagination ever gotten you in trouble? What happened? Now write about what would have happened if the things you had imagined had come alive (like in the story)? How would you solve the problem?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Emma Yarlett, visit:

https://www.emmayarlett.com/About-1

To see more about Poppy Pickle, visit:

https://www.emmayarlett.com/Poppy-Pickle

Chilly Da Vinci

“Chilly Da Vinci”

Chilly did not do penguin things. He built things that did not work.

When Chilly’s invention accidentally breaks a chunk of ice off from the Vinci colony, 

he needs to prove to himself and the other stranded penguins that he has what it takes to be a good penguin.

This story promotes creative components of imagination, taking risks, and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because I am a big fan of Leonardo da Vinci’s and as such, I really enjoyed seeing J. Rutland’s perspective and how he introduces Da Vinci to young readers through a humorous story about a penguin taking risks despite failure.  

TITLE: Chilly Da Vinci

AUTHOR: J. Rutland

ILLUSTRATOR: J. Rutland

PUBLISHER: NorthSouth Books, 2019

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): penguins, inventing, a nod to Leonardo da Vinci

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, taking risks, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Research a scooter or skateboard. How might you change its design to improve its function? Additionally, what other functions can a skateboard or scooter perform or what else can it be?

2) Play with ice cubes and popsicle sticks or toothpicks. What can you make?

3) Look at one of Leonardo da Vinci’s invention designs. How might that invention be used today?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator J. Rutland visit:

Knock Knock

“Knock Knock”

In the book, Knock Knock, joke telling is the story teller. As Bear is getting ready for bed, his friends keep knocking on his door interrupting Bear’s plans for hibernation.

With each knock, Bear becomes more and more annoyed until Al knocks on his door and a surprise unfolds.

This story promotes creative components of humor and originality. 

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of how the author combined two things that don’t usually go together – jokes and bears, to produce a humorous story about hibernation. Additionally, the full-of-life illustrations depict vibrant characters that lend another layer of storytelling.

TITLE: Knock Knock

AUTHOR: Tammi Sauer

ILLUSTRATOR: Guy Francis

PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press, 2018

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): friendship, jokes, hibernation

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Invent your own knock, knock jokes about another animal who hibernates.

2) Create more knock, knock jokes with your friends to make a joke book. Here is a joke of mine: Knock, knock. Who’s there? Ida. Ida, who? Ida wanna do my homework.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Tammi Sauer, visit:

http://www.tammisauer.com/about-me

To learn more about illustrator Guy Francis, visit:

http://www.guyfrancis.com/Kactiguy/Home.html