Thursday, September 8, 2011

Word-napped with Egg-napped! Word Play at Work...

HarperCollins Publishers, 2002
This week's READ-4-LUCK pick (the feature that acts as a recommendation, review, teaching tip, and writing lesson) is Egg-napped! by Marisa Montes and illustrated by Marsha Winborn.
Gabbler and his wife are thrilled with their first egg and horrified when it disappears.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Year: 2002
Word Count: 628
Book Level: 3.2

  Well, kids love animals. And rhymes. This book has both! My favorite illustration is the owl with the eye patch. Very cute.

 If you feel like going all out, you could read it in lots of fun voices. It could open up a discussion about honesty and friendship.

TEACHERS:  Could use in Kindergarten or 1st grade to introduce an egg unit, or a rhyming unit, or combine the two! A fun read aloud.

 Can you say WORD PLAY? Super fun! Makes it more fun for children, parents, and teachers, too! Alliteration: "he was puffed up with pride," "the Egg tipped and tottered and tumbled away." Onomatopoeia: with a PISH! and a POP!" Assonance: "his wife by his side...trying to hide." Internal rhyme: "Kit tripped and she slipped." Powers of three: "who laughed, jeered, and sneered." And plenty more mixed into the action and adventure. YOUR TURN: Try incorporating some of these awesome literary techniques into your own stories, rhyming or not.

Keep on keepin' on...


  1. This sounds terrific! Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I will definitely check this out from our library!

  2. I haven't read this one but it sounds lively and fun!


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