Friday, August 5, 2016

Spotlight Friday - Pirasaurs! 8.05.16

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!

written by Josh Funk
illustrated by Michael Slack
published by Scholastic
August 30, 2016

And now an introduction by author Josh Funk:

We’re Pirasaurs! We’re Pirasaurs!
We grunt and roar and sneer!
We’ll steal your books with tails and hooks
And own the blogosphere!

We’re Pirasaurs! We’re Pirasaurs!
We pose a giant threat!
We’ll slash and duel and soon we’ll rule
The world-wide internet!

We’re Pirasaurs! We’re Pirasaurs!
Our story is fantastic!
This grand hardback by Funk & Slack
Is published by Scholastic!

… and will be available on August 30th wherever books are sold!

I'm so excited to share Josh Funk's new book, Pirasaurs! with you!  Funk dazzles us with rhymes that roll right off the tongue and will delight young readers.  Mixing pirates and dinosaurs?  Kids will ask to read this book over and over.  I particularly enjoyed Michael Slack's illustrations.  The color palette was eye catching and fun.  Be sure to look for this book on August 30th!

Classroom connections:
  • in Pirasaurs, Funk pairs two unlikely things together - dinosaurs and pirates.  Go back through the text and find how Funk joined the two together (ex. cannon ball and past, large Brontosaurus/who has a long neck being the lookout).  Writing exercise, think of 2 things that don't go together and try to join them into a story.
  • talk about the turning point, when what is typically happening changes direction.  Our little pirate friend is having a hard time at first fitting in with the experienced pirates.  What is the turning point for him?
  • with younger students, talk about the lesson learned
  • check out the rhyming Funk uses.  How does he keep the rhythm just right?
Be sure to share the trailer with your students!  Have fun sharing and reading Pirasaurs! this fall!


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