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It’s Monday! Check Out What We Are Reading!! #IMWAYR #Itsallaboutthebooks

Are you looking for a highly engaging text that is easy-to-read but doesn’t look easy?    If you are, don’t miss Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin.

This book is filled with opportunities for readers:

  • A repetitive reframe in each chapter that makes the book easy to read
  • Lots of high-frequency sight words that striving readers may know so they will feel confident
  • Elaborate illustrations that encourage readers to closely read to discover the subtleties in the text
  • A lovable character with priceless facial expressions
  • And of course, a twist of events at the end to keep readers reading

It’s Shoe Time, Bryan Collier

Coretta Scott King Award winner, Bryan Collier’s newest book, It’s Shoe Time is a must read for readers of all ages.  Yes, it is easy-to-read, and it is also filled with layers of meaning.  Readers can think about the POV of the text, pause and discuss the play on words, learn how to read speech bubbles, and of course, laugh at the unpredictable and hysterical ending.  We certainly did!  This book is going in our coaching bag and we will share it with K-6 readers everywhere.

If you want to know about more texts in our Surprise Endings Basket, join us on our blog on Thursday as we share more titles from this basket.  Don’t forget to list the titles you would add to this basket when you comment.  The more we share texts, the more we are equipped to connect students to the books that will engage and inspire them.

Happy Reading!

12 Comments
  • 2Shaye @ Miller Memo
    Posted at 11:39h, 21 May Reply

    I’ve had Baby Monkey, Private Eye on my TBR list for a while. Can’t wait to get my hands on it! And we love ANYTHING from the “Elephant and Piggie” series. My kids read them and laugh sooo hard, but there’s always a meaningful lesson hidden in the laughter. I love, love, love them! Thanks so much for sharing and have a wonderful week, Clare and Tammy!

  • Elisabeth Ellington
    Posted at 13:20h, 21 May Reply

    A Surprise Endings basket is a wonderful idea for a book collection. I’m considering trying some theme bins come fall so I look forward to learning more about yours.

  • Linda Baie
    Posted at 16:19h, 21 May Reply

    My kindergarten granddaughter loves, loves Baby Monkey, Private Eye, was so thrilled that she now had a real chapter book! And it is darling, I agree. Many are talking about It’s Shoe Time, a must to get, too. Thanks!

  • Aaron
    Posted at 19:06h, 21 May Reply

    I am certainly going to look at ordering Baby Monkey, Private Eye soon. It’s Shoe Time was also a good one for one of my library groups as well. Thanks for the post!

  • Amanda Potts
    Posted at 22:00h, 21 May Reply

    I just read Baby Monkey with my 7 year old this week. He LOVED it. He has dyslexia, and this book hit a wonderful combination of chapter book and graphic novel and picture book. He read it out loud several times and took it to bed to read one more time. Such delight. I’ll definitely be following along for surprise endings!

  • Lisa Maucione
    Posted at 22:33h, 21 May Reply

    Baby Monkey has been a popular read with my first and second graders. I’m so glad for the Elephant & Piggie Are Reading books, too. They are a lot of fun!

  • Michele Knott
    Posted at 23:27h, 21 May Reply

    I think my favorite surprise ending book is Picture Day Perfection. Great book to use for turning point too.
    I’ve had Baby Monkey for so long, and haven’t read it…. hangs head in shame! Soon 🙂

  • Christine Baldiga
    Posted at 01:53h, 22 May Reply

    I will have to check out these titles. They sound fun! My all time favorite surprise ending book is The Dory Story by Jerry Palotta. A must read!

  • Ricki Ginsberg
    Posted at 04:32h, 22 May Reply

    I haven’t read Baby Monkey, Private Eye yet, but I am so excited about it. It looks fantastic! I love that you list the opportunities within it.

  • Myra from GatheringBooks
    Posted at 03:38h, 23 May Reply

    I am really intrigued by Baby Monkey and looking forward to reading it. I miss Brian Selznick’s writings and art. By the way, I asked our library here in Singapore to purchase a copy of your book, and am currently reading it. 🙂 Will use the resources you shared in my own teaching. 🙂 Congratulations on your book!

    • Clare and Tammy
      Posted at 15:24h, 23 May Reply

      Thanks, Myra! We would love to hear your thoughts about the book and how you used it.

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