Saturday, October 23, 2010

Mr. Putney's Quacking Dog by Jon Agee

I can't really explain the plot of this story, because there isn't one. It's a series of riddles - with hilarious answers. "Who wakes Mr. Putney up in the morning? An alarmadillo". Heh heh heh. I read this to my friend Sara-the-librarian and we both cracked up. The wordplay is funny enough on its own, but matched with Jon Agee's straight-faced illustrations....laugh fest!

Younger children probably aren't going to get this one, even though there's minimal text and the illustrations aren't too complex. The ones who are really going to crack up over this are the 1st and 2nd graders. Pair it with Mac Barnett's Guess Again! and be prepared for riotous laughter!

Verdict: Recommended for school visits and casual dipping into with colleaugues during breaks. Teachers will also find the wordplay fun to use in class and maybe as a tongue twister game.

ISBN: 978-0545162036; Published August 2010 by Michael di Capua; Borrowed from the library

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