Category Archives: Humor

Sterling, Best Fork Dog Ever

Sterling, Best Fork Dog Ever”

No one had wanted Sterling for very long. When the Butlery Cutlery Company advertises shipping to all the best homes, Sterling is determined to be the best fork ever.

He did his best to be a handy and useful fork but one day the family eats with their fingers. To avoid being sent back to the company, Sterling tries to be useful by being a whisk, a lamp, and a paper towel holder.

At the dog park, Sterling still tries to be useful by behaving like a stick. The family’s daughter wants Sterling to just be himself. Will Sterling ever figure out who he is?

Delightful end pages show Sterling posing as other objects.

This story promotes creative components of flexible thinking and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of Sterling’s character and his humorous ability to adapt himself into other objects. And as always, I appreciate the theme – you are your best by just being yourself.

TITLE: Sterling, Best ForkDog Ever

AUTHOR: Aidan Cassie

ILLUSTRATOR: Aidan Cassie

PUBLISHER: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2018

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): family, finding a home, acceptance

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What animal shape might resemble a spoon? Sketch out your animal spoon. What other items can your animal imitate?

2) Think about a spatula. List other ways might a spatula be used.

3) Caricatures are drawings that emphasize features that can be exaggerated. For example, if someone has a prominent nose, the caricature drawing would show an extremely large nose. Try your hand at drawing a dog caricature. For inspiration, visit: http://www.fredeyer.net/pets.htm

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Aidan Cassie, visit:

http://aidancassie.com

Visit https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374306144to see more images of this story.

Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians

Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians”

Written by Jackie Mims Hopkins, Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians gives a classic tale a new twist featuring the library. Goldie Socks arrives at a cottage made of books to find shelves of books.

She browses for just the right book and searches for just the right reading spot.

But what will happen when the three libearians return to find Goldie Socks?

This story promotes creative components of originality and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because I love fractured fairy tales. Jackie Mims Hopkins’ take on this classic tale educates while entertains. For me, that is the best of both worlds.

TITLE: Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians

AUTHOR: Jackie Mims Hopkins

ILLUSTRATOR: John Manders

PUBLISHER: Upstart Books, 2007

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): book genres, library, 5 finger rule for choosing a book

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) If you were Goldie Socks, what type of cottage would you like to? What types of things would be in the cottage? Who would live in the cottage?

2) List five book genres. Which genre is your favorite and why? Tell a friend about your favorite book in your favorite genre.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Jackie Mims Hopkins, visit:

http://www.jackiemimshopkins.com

To learn more about illustrator John Manders, visit:

http://www.johnmanders.com

Beware the Monster!

Beware the Monster!”

InBeware the Monster!, written by Michaël Escoffier, a ravenous monster is on the prowl, eating everything in his path – apples, trees, and yes, even cows.

His great big appetite is not satisfied. Who will be next?

Readers beware!

This story promotes creative components of imagination, perspective,  and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of the clever twist ending.

TITLE: Beware the Monster!

AUTHOR: Michaël Escoffier

ILLUSTRATOR: Amandine Piu

PUBLISHER: Annick Press, 2018

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): monster, scared, perception

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, humor, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What are some things that scare you? How might you use humor to be less afraid?

2) Create your own monster that looks frightful. Now change your monster from frightful to silly. You could add silly elements to your sketch like polka-dotted antennae, striped teeth, etc.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Michaël Escoffier, visit:

https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/author/4180/Michael-Escoffier.html

To learn more about illustrator Amandine Piu, visit:

https://www.piupiu.fr/portfolio/index.php#album=11&photo=434

Please note this website is in French. Google Translator can be used.