Category Archives: Humor

If the S in Moose Comes Loose

“If the S in Moose Comes Loose”

Opening: “If the S in Moose comes loose and the E breaks free… what’s left?”  

A gloomy cow. But cow has an idea. GLUE! 

When a goat walks by, she asks to use his G. She replaces the G with a B. Goat turns into a boat. 

Cow borrows L from Lake. She replaces the L with a C. Lake becomes Cake. 

Humor ensures as Cow borrows and replaces letters from others as she “glues” Moose back together. 

If the S in Moose Comes Loose spells a humorous catrasophe.

This story promotes creative components of humor and originality. 

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of its humor and ability to use this in a classroom setting while promoting friendship.

TITLE:If the S in Moose Comes Loose

AUTHOR: Peter Hermann

ILLUSTRATOR: Matthew Cordell

PUBLISHER: Harper Collins, 2018

AGE GROUP: 5-8

TOPIC(S): rhyme, alphabet letters, spelling, friendship

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a list of ten words. Remove one letter from each word and replace it with a different letter to form a new word. For example, dog -> log

2) On index cards cut in half, write the letters of the alphabet on each card. Mix these cards in a bowl or hat. Draw out five letters. Form as many words as you can with those letters. Put the letters back in and play again. Different variations: add more vowels to make more complex words, pick out less or more than five letters, or add blends such as st, sp, bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fr, tr, fl, gl, gr, pl, pr, sl, and sm.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Peter Hermann, visit:

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/actor-and-writer-peter-hermann-publishes-first-childrens-book-if-the-s-in-moose-comes-loose-300601289.html

To learn more about illustrator Matthew Cordell, visit:

https://www.hbook.com/2018/09/conversation-matthew-cordell/

Christmas Wombat

Christmas Wombat”

Wombat lives in Australia. His favorite pastimes are scratching, sleeping, digging, and especially, eating carrots.

Wombat encounters strange creatures. He battles them…

…and wins the carrots.

After settling down for a nap on the back of Santa’s sleigh, Wombat travels the world. Along the way, he encounters more strange creatures and lots of carrots. Humor accompanies every page turn.

This story promotes creative components of originality and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book’s exceptional humor and unique storyline.

TITLE: Christmas Wombat

AUTHOR: Jackie French

ILLUSTRATOR: Bruce Whatley

PUBLISHER: Clarion Books, 2012

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): Christmas, carrots

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What other animals love to eat carrots? How might that animal “win” carrots from reindeer?

2) Invent a joke or riddle about wombat.

3) What is one of your family’s Christmas traditions (if you celebrate)? How might a wombat fit into your tradition?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Jackie French, visit:

http://www.jackiefrench.com/about-jackie

To learn more about illustrator Bruce Whatley, visit:

http://brucewhatley.com/home-1/

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.