Category Archives: Humor

Pomelo’s Opposites

“Pomelo’s Opposites”

Intro: When Pomelo was small, he was really small. And he couldn’t yet see the difference between …

Follow Pomelo as he discovers the opposite of things. 

This book promotes creative components of humor and originality.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it takes the typical opposite book and turns it on its head with humor and by tackling conceptual learning. I love this one:

TITLE: Pomelo’s Opposites

AUTHOR: Ramona Badescu

ILLUSTRATOR: Benjamin Chaud

PUBLISHER: Enchanted Lion Books, 2013

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): opposites

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: original, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Take a dictionary and flip it open to any page. Without looking, let your finger rest somewhere on the page. Open your eyes. What word did your finger land on? How can you show the opposite of that word?

2) Make a list of opposites that could be included in this book. Pick one of those opposites and sketch it out using Pomelo as the main character.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Ramona Badescu’s other books, visit:

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/authorpage/ramona-badescu.html

To learn more about illustrator Benjamin Chaud’s process, visit: 

https://www.chroniclebooks.com/blog/2015/03/04/studio-tour-behind-the-scenes-with-benjamin-chaud/

“Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas!”

In this level 2 graphic novel, follow Benjamin Bear as he and his friend, Rabbit, “challenge” each other resulting in funny endings. (Level 2 denotes easy-to-read comics for emerging readers.)

This book promotes the creative components of humor and different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it is fun for all ages to read. The title caught my attention and I wondered how an author would use creative thinking in a comic book/graphic novel. I really enjoyed seeing how Benjamin Bear manages to make the best of a situation while offering a fresh, humorous perspective. 

TITLE: Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas!

AUTHOR: Philippe Coudray

ILLUSTRATOR: Philippe Coudray

PUBLISHER: Toon Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press, 2013

AGE GROUP:  1stand 2ndgrades

TOPIC(S): problem-solving alternate solutions, comics

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Invent a joke and then draw a 3-4 panel comic strip that illustrates your joke.

2) Take one of the comics from the book and brainstorm alternate endings.

3) Write a story about two friends who compete in a friendly competition. How do the friends handle conflict?

4) Want to read more Benjamin Bear? Read Benjamin Bear in Brain Storms!

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Philippe Coudray, visit:

https://www.philippe-coudray.com

To use comic creator, visit:

http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/games-tools/comic-creator-a-30237.html

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