Why you Knucklehead…

January 10, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka; published by Viking, Penguin Group, New York; 2008.

I laughed out loud non-stop.  Scieszka seems to have eavesdropped on my childhood (especially the My Side of the Mountain story).  More important than the humor is the way Scieszka has written this specifically to reach kids—he even seems to talk directly to them (boys in particular).  The lessons couched in funny stories are rich and well-described.  He has taken a giant step toward fulfilling his mission of reaching reluctant readers!

I would add this to a pathfinder for reluctant readers.  I would use it in a display with realia, like the toys and comic books he mentions in his stories.  Maybe I’d read a chapter or two then show upper elementary students the cover of the book; I’d supply them with a variety of old comic book covers that they could paste their pictures on and name their autobiographies (and maybe I could encourage them to write a chapter or two to put inside).

By the way, does anyone else have a younger brother nicknamed “Chuff” or is it just Scieszka & me?


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