Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a fun fractured fairy tale with a writing theme!
By Joan Holub
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
36 pages – ages 5 – 8 years
Published by Chronicle Books on September 24, 2013
Theme/Topic – Fractured fairy tale / writing
Genre – Fiction/Fractured Fairy tale
Opening and Synopsis – Taken from the inside jacket (the beginning is also the opening) –
“Once upon a time
In pencil school,
a teacher named Ms. 2 told her class, “Today we’re going to write a story.”
“Yippee!” said the birthday pencil.
“Slammin’!” said the basketball pencil.
“Sharp!” said Little Red.
So begins a hilarious and exuberant retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood,” in which a brave little red pencil finds her way through the many perils of story-telling, faces a ravenous pencil sharpener (the Wolf 3000)… and saves the day.”
Little Red Writing and her classmates gets a school assignment to write their own stories. Little Red sets off with her basket of 15 words to write a story about courage!
Why I liked this book – I really like the illustrations. They are put in a collage-y way. If you go to Chronicle Book’s website for this book (click HERE) you can see interior images of the book. I like all of the different fonts in the story. I find it fun to read. I like how this book talks about the “dangers” of writing and different word groups. My favorite part of the book is when Mr. Woodcutter, the janitor, comes into Principal Granny’s office, and faints when he realizes that “the Wolf 3000 has sharpened Principal Granny to Smithereens!” 🙂 I love fractured fairy tales, and this book is the exact reason why – the humor and the parodies (the theater presents “Peter Pencil” and they live in Pencilvania 🙂 )! 😀 I also like it because Little Red uses words to help her along her journey in the book. It also tells kids how to write a story (what the basic parts are) in a fun way. Ms. Holub has written a perfect picture book!
Activities and Resources –
Best activity I can think of for this book – write your own fractured fairy tale! 😀
For example – The Three Little Pigs want to build businesses of their own and the swindler wolf cheats the first one by selling him defective materials… hmm maybe I could make a story out of this…
I found a Teacher’s resource guide to go along with the story at Chronicle Books website, HERE (this link is to the guide, the the publisher’s website).
I found a great website called The Book Chook written by Susan Stephenson and Ms. Stepenson has a TON of great suggestions for fractured fairy tale activities for kids to do and free downloadable worksheets and guides. Click HERE to go THERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!