Thursday, February 14, 2019

Untitled: Book Review and Storytime Plan

Untitled by Timothy Young*
Five Stars

YES! There have been so few picture books to make me honestly laugh recently and this one had me cracking up. I can't wait for it to come out so I can read it during storytimes at the bookstore.

First, I love a book about the writing process - it makes a book have greater value. It is a funny story to read to preschoolers, but is a useful tool when teaching the writing process in grade school.

Carlos and Ignaz are hilariously confused in this delightful picture book by Timothy Young. A coatimundi and a capybara (who began the book as a porcupine until the illustrator changed his mind) are just waiting for the author to actually start writing their story. They dream about what might happen and when something FINALLY does, they are taken by surprise.

This story is hilarious for all ages and would be a fun tool when teaching the roles of author and illustrator.


Opening Song - Shake Break by Pancake Manor

First Book: Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett & Adam Rex 

Activity: Sing B-I-N-G-O with flannel board letters

Second Book: Untitled by Timothy Young

Non-Fiction Information: learn about the capybara

Activity: Macarena

Third Book: Chester by Melanie Watt 

Activity: Five Little Kittens finger play (script and instructions at Storytime Katie)  

Shakers Songs:

Shaker Poem
Shake your shakers up, shake your shakers down
Make your shakers plop (drop them), then roll them on the ground
Shake your shakers fast, shake your shakers slow
Shake your shakers high and shake your shakers low
Shake your shakers on your knees
Quiet shakers I have to sneeze (a-choo!)
Shake your shakers on your head
Then put those shakers into bed (we put them in our laps)

* I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

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