Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Top Job: Read-4-Luck

The Top Job
Dutton, 2007
This week's READ-4-LUCK pick is The Top Job by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel and illustrated by Robert Neubecker.
"Elizabeth's mother is a jeweler. Emma's dad is a UFO hunter. Aidan's mom is a racecar driver. Why would anybody at school be interested in one dad's boring job of changing a light bulb? Because that light bulb happens to be at the top of a very tall building - and changing it is one very big adventure!"
Publisher: Dutton
Year: 2007
Word Count: 1237
Book Level: 4.1

 They can relate with the feeling of being laughed at. That's what the children in the classroom did when the girl told said her dad changed light bulbs for a living. Great illustrations, too!

 Very interesting. Even though it's over 1,000 words, it's a pretty quick read. I really loved it!

TEACHERS:  A great way to introduce different jobs. Perfect for 1st - 4th grades. Also a great segue into character development and treating others with respect.

WRITERS:   Another great study for pacing. The action slowly builds. When the children laugh, the teacher says that's all the time they have for the day and asks her to sit down. But she respectfully doesn't. She keeps talking. And then the WHOLE class becomes really interested. The ending is awesome, too. Study this one!

Do you know of a great book to study pacing or endings?
Keep on keepin' on...


  1. I love this story and hardly anyone seems to know it. So glad you showcased it here!

  2. This looks like a good one. I'll have to check it out.


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