Time to get ready for the weekend!
Kick up your feet and find a good place to read.
Sharing #booklove for your classroom or library.
Spotlighting a book or two because these books deserve the spotlight!
This Is Not a Picture Book!
by Sergio Ruzzier
published by Chronicle, May 3rd, 2016
Sergio Ruzzier is known for packing a lot of detail, in s small amount of text. His newest book is no exception, and I think it's his best.
How often do you hear that picture books are for young students? That once you get past a certain grade/age, they are too "old" for picture books? I bet you and I know that picture books are for everyone, but in case you need proof, have these conversations with students using this picture book!
In this quirky yet sweet picture book about the joy and power of reading, Duck learns that even books without pictures can be fun. While he and his friend Bug may struggle at first to decipher their book, they stick with it, and before long they discover that not only can they read it, but it deserves a place on the shelf with all their favorite picture books. Author-artist Sergio Ruzzier has created a fanciful tribute to books of all kinds. It includes both words AND pictures.
This book begs to be read over and over and discussed. Questions to ask students and have a conversation around:
- Notice the layout that has the characters in the white, and a log bridging it to the colored illustrations. Talk about the symbolism of this.
- Go through and look at how the illustrations match the words. Why does it work having minimal text and more detailed illustrations?
- Ruzzier talks about the emotions words bring out of the reader in books. Think about those words and books that go along with them.
- One of my favorite pages is the one that talks about how books take you places. Where have you been taken to in a book?
- Books stay with you forever. How is this important? What does Ruzzier want us to know by the end of the book?
- Minimal text means more to infer. What does Ruzzier want us to put together after reading his words and illustrations?
- I really like how Ruzzier starts the book before the title page. Why do you think he made that decision? How did it add to the reading of the book?
Looking for more books about imagination? Try:
The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak
It's a Book by Lane Smith (definitely for older readers!)
The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski
Inside My Imagination by Marta Arteaga
Happy Picture Book Reading - for everyone!