Category Archives: Humor

Claymates

“Claymates

Meet the Claymates, two balls of clay that can become anything.

When the artist leaves the room, what could possibly go wrong?

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Once Upon A Banana

Once Upon A Banana”

Rhyming street signs pair with fun illustrations to tell a rollicking trouble-causing adventure in this wordless picture book, Once Upon A Banana. The catastrophe starts when a runaway monkey escapes from his trainer. The monkey throws his banana peel on the sidewalk instead of placing it in the trash as the sign states.

Someone slips on the peel, knocks over a ladder, causing the painter to fall into a cart, which leads to…

and leads to…

and leads to……

This book promotes creativeness, cause and effect relationships and imagination.

TITLE: Once Upon A Banana

AUTHOR: Jennifer Armstrong

ILLUSTRATOR: David Small

PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2006

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative, imaginative, cause and effect relationships

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a list of all the signs you see around town. Invent two signs of your own. Make them rhyme with each other.

2) Like the problem in the book, someone slipping on a banana peel causing an entire town to turn upside-down, use the idiom “it’s raining cats and dogs” as the problem in your story. Imagine what might happen and then write a story.

 EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Jennifer Armstrong, visit:

http://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Jennifer-Armstrong/20411275

To learn more about illustrator David Small, visit:

http://www.davidsmallbooks.com

Lexie the Word Wrangler

Lexie the Word Wrangler”

Lexie wrangles words instead of cattle. She raises baby letters until they grow into words, lassos words together, herds words into sentences and hitches sentences together to tell a story.

When a rustler turns up, adding letters to words and making other words disappear, ruckus upsets life on the ranch.

The desert turns into a giant dessert.

A rainbow becomes a bow in the sky. Will Lexie capture the rustler?

This book promotes originality, humor, and clever.

TITLE: Lexie the Word Wrangler

AUTHOR: Rebecca Van Slyke

ILLUSTRATOR: Jessie Hartland

PUBLISHER: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, humor, clever

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) You can be a word wrangler, too!

* Rearrange each of these words to form new words. GRATE, SCOPE, APES, ART, ATOM

* Write a list of compound words. Break the words into two words. Write each word on a slip a paper and fold. Put each word into a bag. Select two slips of paper from the bag. Form a new compound word.

* Drop letters from words to form new words.

2) Write a list of 50 words on slips of paper. Fold and put into a bag. Pick 15 words from the bag. Create a short story, using these words. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Rebecca Van Slyke, visit:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/188927/rebecca-van-slyke

http://rebeccavanslyke.com/about-me/

To learn more about illustrator Jessie Hartland, visit:

http://jessiehartland.com