Check out the book trailer for Amy's book Duck! Rabbit! Then check out her website. http://www.whoisamy.com. She has so many other fantastic (and hilarious) books.
For a visual list of more Dialogue Only Books check out my Pinterest page.
For a free downloadable list, see below.
Tell me what you think about these type of books. Have you ever written them or used them for teaching? Which are your favorites?
Download a list of Second Person POV Picture Books here.
For more information about the authors and books previewed in this video, please check out their websites or books below.
Secret PIzza Party by Adam Rubin
The Book That Eats People by John Perry
How To Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan
(Don't miss her new book: How To Babysit a Grandma)
Warning: Do Not Open This Book by Adam Lehrhaupt
Also check out Marcie's post about this hilarious book over at the Blogettes.
The Beginner's Guide to Running Away From Home by Jennifer Huget
Don't Push That Button by Bill Cotter
(Coming out Nov. 1st, 2013!)
How To Raise a Dinosaur by Natasha Wing
Or....Confessions of a Teacher/Writer and the Connection between Reading and Writing
(Check out the video clip first and then read below.)
Most of Tammi Sauer's books follow a great plot structure. Therefore her books are fantastic to use with students for retelling and also for using as an example for writing their own fictional stories.
Plot Structure of a Picture Book
Setup- Tells who the characters are, where they are (setting) and what they do.
Inciting Incident- An incident that happens that causes a problem for the main character. This problem forces them to want to try to solve it.
Events-where they “Try” to solve it and fail each time. (Picture books typically will have three.)
Climax-Dramatic moment of overcoming or solving problem. (But then…something big happens…and the character makes a choice.)
Result- Building down, wrapping up loose ends, and showing positive consequences of climax.
Resolution- Happy or hopeful ending
Let's take a look at Tammi's book trailer for Nugget and Fang and see how many elements we can identify. (All won't be revealed because it's a book trailer.)
Let's take a closer look at Nugget and Fang.
(Warning: The ending is revealed in this analysis of the plot. So first, go get the book, read it, laugh out loud, read it again, share it with a friend, laugh some more, and then come back to read the following.)
Setup: Shark and a minnow- two best friends that did everything together.
Inciting Incident: Life was perfect until Nugget started school and realized he couldn't be friends with a shark. Fang was sad. He had to “prove” he wasn’t scary.
Try 1. (Fang is a surprise visitor at school.)
Try 2. (Fang sends a letter inviting Nugget over for dinner.)
Try 3. (Tried several other things like getting a tattoo of Nugget and sending a singing band of seahorses, but finally he was out of ideas.)
Fail (and he was still really sad without his friend.)
Climax: But then something really bad happens and He was so sad that ….he didn’t notice a net. The minnows all got trapped. They were going to be captured.
So Fang makes the decision to help them by chomping through the net.
Results: He saves them.
Resolution: And they all became friends.
The main thing I noticed that I did wrong as a teacher with retelling, was I would always have students identify:
Character, Setting, Problem, Solution.
Later, I started adding in: Character, Setting, Problem, Events, Solution. However, this still didn't make sense. Kids could identify (most of the time) the pieces in isolation. But the connection was never made that those "Events" consisted of the character "Trying" to solve the problem and "Failing" along the way.
So instead, I use a retelling format that fits the picture book structure. And now, it makes it easier when attempting to "write" our own fictional stories.
*Again- not all books are plot driven books. And even if they are, not all plot driven stories will fit this exactly. Some may not have an "inciting incident" that causes the problem. Some picture books will just jump right into the problem. Often the climax, results, and resolution are very short and can often be squished together at the end. And because picture books are so short, sometimes the results and resolution are the same.
Check out Tammi's other books. See if you you can use the template to analyze the plots.
(Then use it to write your own fictional plot driven story.)
For more information check out Tammi's website at www.tammisauer.com.
I have a secret.
I am a book-a-holic reading teacher.
I abuse Amazon’s “one click” and “add to cart” buttons.
I spent my entire first year teaching salary on children’s books.
Okay, those aren’t secrets. (Except maybe the salary fact.)
The real secret: I hated reading: as a child, as a teenager, and as a young adult.
As a child, I whined and complained that I wanted to be outside instead of reading. As a teenager, I cheated my way through book reports and English assignments. As a young adult, I spent more time trying to avoid reading than I would have spent actually reading the book. (Such things included cliff's notes, the movie version of the book, and if I was really desperate, the audio book.)
Thankfully, when I entered the education program in college, I met a brilliant professor. She began and ended every class with a fantastic picture book. It was then, that I finally discovered the joy of reading.
However, even today, I still check the length of chapters in any book I’m about to read. I would prefer to read a longer book that has very short chapters versus a really long short story.
I think it’s visually deceiving or it gives me a sense of accomplishment to complete one short chapter.
All I have to do is get through this two page chapter and I will feel successful.
It's sort of the same feeling as checking things off a list.
1. Get up. Check.
2. Drink Coffee. Check.
3. Take dog for walk. Check.
However, when I read it in under two hours, I was shocked. Its format wasn’t intimidating. I wasn’t intending to read for two hours that day, but I flew through it. And the exact same thing happens with the kids I teach.
Novels in verse are like legal gateway drugs that lead kids to the best addiction ever: books.
Why Kids Love'em
*Some contain illustrations
*Emotionally driven stories
Why Teachers Love'em
*Kids read and enjoy them
*Exposure to poetry forms
*Added supplement to history lesson (for Historical Novels in Verse)
*Great for practicing reading strategies such as visualizing and inferencing.
*Can be used to practice fluency by performing the poems.
*Kids read and enjoy them
Top Three Favorites
What are your favorite novels in verse? How do your kids or students respond to them?
Check back in a day or so for a compiled list of Novels in Verse you can download.
But for now, here is a visual list: Novels in Verse.
So, hello world! Here I am. First video post, looking rough. If there were a “makeup” filter on IMovie I would have used it. But there isn’t. So enjoy…haha.
Today’s video blog talks about using humor to hook kids and I will be sharing one of my all time favorite picture books I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ohi.
If you loved I’m Bored, you’ll be as excited as I am to check out their new book Naked, which will be on shelves next summer.
Check out Debbie’s site at http://debbieohi.com/ where she has great classroom activities, printable goodies, and other fun things that go with I'm Bored!
Some of Michael Ian Black's other books for children are listed below. (One of my favorites of his is The Purple Kangaroo.)
I’m Bored was published by Simon and Schuster in 2012.
As a reading specialist, I've compiled lists over the years of hilarious books for kids. Feel free to download this list.
And let me know what I've missed. (I'm sure there are many!) What are some of your favorite hilarious picture books?
I hope you enjoyed the first Mondays with Mandy (or Mira)! See you next Monday!
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with editor/art director, & CBA Director Mira Reisberg PhD who is handing her Mondays over to awesome former now tradtionally pubbed students to widen their audience.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays feature funny Aussie author Sharon Giltrow sharing awesome Aussie books.
And 5th Mondays will feature Libyan American author Koloud Tarapolsi sharing wonderful diverse books.