I was at Barnes and Noble this week replacing my copy of Interrupting Chicken that I left for two boys at the Freedom School who wanted to reread it after a rousing read aloud.
While there, the picture book Pardon Me! caught my eye. I sat down at the little table in the children’s section, and after reading the book, I had to have it.
Here’s what I love:
- - bright and saturated digital mixed media illustrations
- - hand lettered text that actually gets moved around by the characters’ actions
- - wonderful opportunities to predict and inference
- - “Pardon Me” language that offers an opportunity to model expressive reading
- - the moment when the reader knows something that the main character doesn’t
- - shocking ending
- - the chance to teach the concept of “comeuppance”
I don’t want to ruin the ending, so I’ll just say that it’s a big surprise! It made the whole book for me. I read it to my fellow university primary trainers, and they loved it too. I can’t wait to read it to my first graders in August!
Check out the author/illustrator’s blog: http://www.danielmiyares.com/pardon-me/
This book would pair well with Bark, George; both have shocking endings.
(Ilustrations were downloaded from http://books.simonandschuster.com/ via Google Images.)