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The Upper Case: Trouble in Capital City

“The Upper Case: Trouble in Capital City”

All the uppercase letters are missing in Capital City!

If they are not found, the city will be in complete chaos.

Private I, the last uppercase letter, is on the case. 

For all those readers who loved Private I in the book, 7 Ate 9, here’s another case that needs his help.

This book promotes creative components of humor and fluency thinking.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its word play and the use of character traits which propel the story.

TITLE: The Upper Case: Trouble in Capital City

AUTHOR: Tara Lazar


PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion, 2019


TOPIC(S): humor, fluency thinking



1) Pick two letters of your first name. What might happen if those letters went missing? How might you say your name? How might you solve the case of your missing first name? Create a story that explains how your letters went missing and how you found them.

2) Invent a new language. Use a different symbol to represent each letter of the alphabet. Then write your name using the symbols. Write a message using your symbols. Give your symbol-alphabet to a friend so they can decipher the message.


To learn more about author Tara Lazar, visit: https://taralazar.com/about/

To learn more about illustrator Ross MacDonald, visit:




In this cumulative story, beginning with one windblown gray circle, paper scraps are blown. 

The narrator asks, “Whose are these? Where did they come from?” 

The chicken says, “They’re mine!” 

The papers transform into different animals, which declare that the scraps belong to them. Then the wind blows all the scraps into the air and asks the reader, “What will you make?”

This book promotes creative components of imagination, flexible thinking and fluency.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the reader can use his/her imagination to think about what the paper scraps will form before turning the page. 

TITLE: Windblown

AUTHOR: ÉdouardManceau

ILLUSTRATOR: ÉdouardManceau

Translated by: Sarah Quinn

PUBLISHER: Owlkids Books Inc., 2013


TOPIC(S): shapes, animals

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, flexible thinking, fluency


1) Cut different shapes from scraps of paper. Use your imagination to create different things from these scraps.

2) Play tangram games at Math is Fun website:


3) Do this activity based on the book: http://www.owlkidsbooks.com/Portals/0/docs/windblown-activity.pdf


To learn more about author/illustrator Édouard Manceau, visit:


Creative Thinking Prompt: DIY Book Covers

Creative Thinking Prompt: DIY Book Covers


To make these cool book covers, visit Suzy Myer’s blog at http://suzyssitcom.com/2015/08/more-book-cover-patterns-for-school.html

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design and create book covers that represent you or the subject matter of the book in an abstract manner.

  1. Brainstorm a list of materials that can be used to cover a book. Here are some ideas to get your list started: legos, puzzle pieces
  2.  Make a list of different things, colors, animals, etc. that you feel a connection to.
  3. From this list, sketch out different designs on paper before deciding on one.
  4. Once you’ve decided on a design, experiment with different materials from your list to build your design.
  5. Create!