Monday, November 10, 2008
My students were THRILLED this week when they saw that I had a copy of the new Trucktown book by Jon Scieszka! They have loved SMASH! CRASH! and were thrilled to see another one with the characters that they met in the first book.
MELVIN MIGHT? is about Melvin, a cement mixer. Melvin is a worrier. He worries about everything! When one of his truck friends needs help, Melvin is worried that he can't do it. This book has a theme that is similar to The Little Engine That Could and also reminded me of Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes. This is a great story with the same fun and colorful illustrations that we came to love in SMASH! CRASH! There are also repeated lines that the kids naturally jump in on. And, just like the first one, this book has a great fold-out spread!
Lots to love about these books. Kids enjoy the stories and the illustrations. Scieszka clearly understands young readers. He gives them a story that works but also thinks about the text--giving them places where they naturally feel invited to join in. And he uses great language--words kids love--"roars", and "soars"--and fonts that show kids how text can be read. You know how I feel about leveled texts taking over our classrooms. Jon Scieszka's Trucktown books remind us that great authors can write great books for kids, without using controlled vocabulary and limiting text options. Instead, these books support new readers by engaging them in a great story and giving them language that invites them to participate, notice words that are used again and again. . Isn't this the best way to support our youngest readers?
Posted by Franki at 6:04 PM