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Jon Stone (Illustrator - Mike Smollin).
This book stars the furry blue monster, Grover, from Sesame Street. Throughout the book, Grover begs and pleads
with the reader to stop turning the pages because he is scared of monsters and does not want to reach the end of the
book. Grover tries to tie the pages together so that the reader can't reach the next page. He tries nailing the
pages together; he even erects a brick wall to keep the reader from turning to the next page. But the reader, of
course, keeps reading and turning the pages. Grover again begs the reader not to turn to the last page, but when
the reader reaches the end, he realizes (along with Grover) that the only monster at the end of the book is Grover.
He says to the reader, "I told you and told you there was nothing to be afraid of."
This is a book of riddles about Clifford the big red dog. This book will help children develop a sense of humor
because it teachers them the format of a riddle. By the end of the book, the children will have caught on to the
pattern and will e able to answer some of the riddles on their own.
Bonnie Bishop (Illustrator - Jack Kent).
Ralph is a parrot who lives with Mr. and Mrs. Muggs. Ralph likes living with his owners; he sits on his perch and
talks in order to be noticed. Ralph would say "Give me a cracker" when he wanted a cracker. He would say, "Fire!"
when they sat around the fireplace and ate popcorn. He would say "I love you!" to get noticed. Ralph was lonely
one day when his neighbors were at work. He noticed that the window was open and so he flew out. (It's funny to
see how he can't fly very well). Ralph tries to get noticed by all the people walking down the city street. He
whistled as an old lady walked by. She turned around and yelled at a man behind her. But no one noticed Ralph.
Then Ralph said, "Give me a cracker" and a mother said to her boy, "You just had lunch." Sill, no one noticed Ralph.
Just as an angry couple walked by, Ralph said, "I love you!" The boy and girl kissed and held hands. Then Ralph
saw flames in an apartment window that reminded him of the fireplace at home. "Fire," he said sadly. Then he
yelled it a little louder and still a little louder, hoping to get noticed. A man walking by heard Ralph and
called the fire department. After the firemen came and extinguished the fire, the man told everyone that Ralph
was a hero. the crowd cheered and praised him. Mr. and Mrs. Muggs were so proud. Ralph got to ride in the
firetruck, got his picture in the paper, and got a lifetime supply of sesame seed crackers. Best of all, people
Robert Munsch (Illustrator - Michael Martchenko).
Stephanie tells her mom that she wants to wear a ponytail because no one else in her school has one. When she gets
to school, everyone says her ponytail is ugly, but Stephanie says that it's her ponytail and that she lies it. The
next day at school, all the other girls have ponytails. Stephanie tells her mom that she wants a ponytail coming
off the side of her head. Again, everyone says that it is ugly, but Stephanie says that it's her ponytail and that
she likes it. The next day, all the girls are wearing ponytails on the sides of their heads. The same things is
repeated with Stephanie and all the other girls wearing ponytails on the tops of their heads and even in front of
their faces. (People walk into trees, cars, houses, and each other). Stephanie calls all of the girls copycats and
says that the next day she is going to shave her head. The next day at school, all the kids and even the teacher
were bald, except for Stephanie who had a nice little ponytail on the back of her head.
Clifford and Emily Elizabeth go to see the circus, but the ringmaster says he's not sure the show can go on because
they are missing some performers. So, Emily and Clifford decide to help. It is funny to see Clifford scare the
lions into obeying their trainer and to see him dressed up as a clown. It's funny to see Clifford try to walk the
tightrope and to see him accidentally sniff up the cotton candy. But most of all, it's funny to see Clifford drink
all of the water out of the high diver's pool and to catch the high diver on his tongue. It's also funny to see
Clifford dress up as an elephant and blow the human cannonball out of her cannon.
The main reason that this book is funny is because all of the characters are penguins instead of humans. The
illustrations are quite humorous for this reason--even the "mice" and fairy godmother are penguins. The
illustrations are also humorous because of all the little details. The most humorous element in the story, though,
is when the stepmother and stepsisters shove Cinderella Penguin down into the cellar but her flipper gets stuck in
the door. While the stepsisters are fighting over the glass flipper, the flipper goes flying and lands on
Cinderella Penguin's flipper and fits perfectly.
This book is about Police Officer Buckle and his police dog, Gloria. Officer goes to the schools to teach about
safety, but no one ever listens until Gloria starts coming to the presentations with him. Unbeknownst to Officer
Buckle, while he is speaking, Gloria acts out all the safety tips about what not to do. The audience loves it and
Officer Buckle and Gloria are invited to all the schools. When Officer Buckle finds out what has been going on
behind his back, his feelings are hurt and he decides not to do the safety presentations anymore. So, Gloria is
alone at the next safety presentation, in which she and the audience fall asleep. Afterward, Napville school has
its worst accident ever. After the accident, all the students write to Officer Buckle to ask him to come back and
do his presentation again.
This selection is quite entertaining and imaginative. There are not very many words in it, but the illustrations
speak for themselves. On a Tuesday evening around eight p.m., some frogs started flying away from their pond on
their lilypads. The frogs fly so high that they scare some birds. A man sees them fly by his window and they fly
into the laundry in his backyard. They then sit and watch t.v. with an old lady who has fallen asleep in her chair.
A dog chases one of the frogs, but then all the frogs chase him. In the morning, the frogs go back to their pond
but leave their lilypads behind where they fell. Then the next Tuesday, around eight p.m., some pigs begin to fly.
Robert Munsch (Illustrators - Alan and Lea Daniel).
This selection is about a young boy named Aaron who grows his hair out long because he wants to look like his dad.
His hair is very unruly, though, so one day he yells at his hair and his hair runs away. Aaron chases after his
hair and tries to find it, but it keeps hiding in strange places. Finally, Aaron says that he likes and misses his
hair and it comes back to him.
This selection is very cute and fun. It's about Little Critter and his little sister going to the park and the
trouble his sister accidentally causes him. It's pretty funny, too.
Robert N. Munsch (Illustrators - Michael Martchenko, Helene Desputeaux).
This book is a collection of selections written by Robert Munsch, including "Pigs," "Mortimer," "Purple, Green and
Yellow," "Murmel, Murmel, Murmel," and "Something Good." "Pigs" is about a girl named Megan who opens the pigs' pen
even though her father told her not to. Megan thought that pigs were dumb but finds out that they are actually
quite smart. The repetition in this selection is quite funny. "Purple, Green, and Yellow" is about a girl named
Brigid who convinces her mother to but her several different sets of markers, on the condition that she will not
draw on herself or on the walls. Brigid did not draw on herself with the washable markers or the scented markers,
but she gets bored and draws on herself with the super-indelible-never-come-off-til-you're-dead-and-maybe-even-later
markers. The rest of the selection is about the trouble of getting the color off. "Mortimer" is about a young boy
who is tucked into bed but keeps singing and keeps the whole family awake. Everyone keeps trying to get him to be
quiet--even the police. Everyone in his family and the police get in an argument and Mortimer falls asleep.
"Murmer, Murmel, Murmel" is about a girl who finds a baby in a hole in her sandbox. She's only five years old and
can't take care of a baby, so she tries to give it away to different people, but none of them want a baby or are fit
to take care of one. Finally, she finds someone to love the baby. "Something good" is about a girl named Tyya who
goes to the grocery store with her dad. She keeps loading up a grocery cart with ice cream and candy bars, but her
dad tells her no, that he will only buy good food. He gets tired of her getting into trouble and so he tells her to
stay in one spot and not to move. Tyya knows that she is in trouble and doesn't move, but a clerk puts a price on
her because she thinks Tyya is a doll. When Tyya and her family are ready to leave, the cashier tries to make
Tyya's dad pay for her. They argue, but Tyya's dad ends up paying for her and she says that he finally bought
This selection is about a lady who swallowed a fly and other things. She swallowed a horse to catch the dog, the
dog to catch the cat, the cat to catch the bird. the bird to catch the spider, and she swallowed the spider to catch
the fly. She died, of course.
This is a funny selection about a boy named Samuel who is so hungry that he eats two bowls of cereal, four milk
shakes, four stacks of pancakes, and a fried chicken for breakfast. When his mom won't cook him seven more fried
chickens, Samuel joins a pie eating contest.
Robert Munsch (Illustrator - Michael Martchenko).
This selection is about a boy who makes cookies for his family to eat, but the problem is that he makes them out of
This is one of my absolute favorite children's books. The storyline is funny and sweet and the illustrations are
adorable. Herbert is a timid dragon who dreams of being a knight. He even tries to rescue a princess. At first,
this turns out to be a mess, but them Herbert really does save the day.
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