Grades K - 2
Grade level Equivalent: 1.7
Lexile Measure®: Not Available
Guided Reading: J
Type of Book: Beginning Reader Book
- Comedy and Humor
- Creativity and Imagination
About This Book
A spirited, silly rhyming story about all of the things animals don't do. Readers will probably giggle uncontrollably at the hilarious illustrations of goats shaving, moose trying to bowl, fish eating bagels, roosters working out in a gym, skunks riding scooters, beavers roller-skating, frogs taking a taxi as they go out on a date, mules painting pictures, raccoons wearing knapsacks as they go for a hike, ducks on bicycles, bulls flying airplanes, and rabbits sunbathing and surfing at the beach. There's even a group of theatrical pigs performing a send-up of The Pirates of Penzance.
Laura Numeroff's witty juxtapositions of animals and their improbable activities are cheerfully complemented by the soft pencil and watercolor cartoon illustrations of Sesame Street artist Joe Mathieu. The unlikely scenarios and the fun rhythm of the text will appeal to the preschool crowd, and readers will enjoy being invited by Numeroff to come up with their own ridiculous additions to her list. Use this book as a supplement to lessons on phonics as you invite readers to pick out the rhyming words from the text.
"Wacky and inventive…A spirited springboard for creative activities." — School Library Journal