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review 2018-09-10 06:00
The Nonsense Show
The Nonsense Show - Eric Carle,Eric Carle

The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle has vivid illustrations of surrealism throughout the book. Birds think that it is silly for them to them fly and not swim and fish think swimming is absolutely preposterous. The text and illustrations are so quirky and fun! Upper and lower elementary grades would enjoy listen to and looking through the book. It would be great to collaborate with the art teacher and let student create their own pieces of surrealism to be displayed around the classroom. Students could write about what animals of people in their pictures would normally be doing and then what they are actually doing in the drawing or painting.

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review 2018-02-23 02:28
The Book With No Pictures
The Book with No Pictures - B.J. Novak

This book is so ridiculous - and that is what makes it great! B.J. Novak dared to be different. He created a funny and interesting book for children, but he wanted to make it with no pictures! This book is designed to make grownups sound incredibly silly. The text itself is bright and exuberant, and will hold the attention of young readers. I would allow my students to write an advertisement for this book and present it to their peers, the school librarian, or the principal. I think it would also be fun to write letters to Mr. Novak and thank him for writing this crazy book!

 

Read aloud by author: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiiS2NDkfI4

 

Guided Reading - L

Lexile - 380L

DRA - 20

 

 

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review 2017-10-01 00:00
The Know-Nonsense Guide to Measurements: An Awesomely Fun Guide to How Things are Measured!
The Know-Nonsense Guide to Measurements:... The Know-Nonsense Guide to Measurements: An Awesomely Fun Guide to How Things are Measured! - Heidi Fiedler The Know-Nonsense Guide to Measurements is a nice, basic introduction to units of measure. It does a good job of simply defining what the measurements actually measure, as well as give us a sense of scale. The illustrations are fun, the font is easy to read and well-spaced, and the definitions are kept as simple as possible.

There are occasional full-page illustrations that are a nice way to break up the information that’s being thrust at the reader. I particularly liked the representation of Dorothy and Toto. It was unexpected, but definitely made me grin.

The Know-Nonsense Guide to Measurements is very much just a basic introduction, though. While there are a few things listed for reference, there’s a lack of ‘try this’/’see for yourself’ type projects that I’m used to seeing in non-fiction educational books. I wish they were present in this one.
Overall, it’s a nice, cute beginning step to understanding measurements, but only that. While I might recommend it as supplementary material, it truthfully doesn’t seem worth purchasing for anything other than its cuteness value, considering the variety of other books out there that do what this sets out to do.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss for review consideration.
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review 2017-05-29 00:00
A Little Bit of Nonsense: A Wacky Collection of Funny Poems: Funny Poems for Kids,Small Funny Poems, Funny Poems about Animals, Funny Poems about People
A Little Bit of Nonsense: A Wacky Collec... A Little Bit of Nonsense: A Wacky Collection of Funny Poems: Funny Poems for Kids,Small Funny Poems, Funny Poems about Animals, Funny Poems about People - Denise Rodgers This was a surprisingly nice collection of poems for kids. I picked it at random when looking for a book to read with my 8 year old at bedtime and we were both happy with our choice.

Not all of the poems are perfect, and the book does need a bit of editing, but there's definite more hits than misses in this collection of funny poems.

I think fans of Shell Silverstein's work will find several poems they like in this book.

(Better review later.)
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review 2017-04-02 22:19
Fox in Socks
Fox in Socks - Dr. Seuss

This book is another classic in the Dr. Seuss dynasty. Fox in Socks tries to teacher Mr. Knox about some of the silliest, twistiest tongue twisters.  This book has it all from tongue twisters to rhymes to funny pictures tripping you up every step of the way. So hang on to your hats you are in for a very twisty tricky ride. The only reason I rate this book four stars is because it is so hard to read. I think the perfect activity to do with this book in class would be a word sort. I would have the students pick out words they think are real and words they think are nonsense and write them down. Then using the words they created fill up two very different socks with those words to display what real words are and what nonsense words are. 

Reading Level: Kindergarten to 2nd Grade

LEX 500L

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