Monday, January 22, 2007
Father and Son Read-Aloud Stories
Gould, Robert. 2006. FATHER AND SON READ-ALOUD STORIES. Ill. by Lara Gurin. Carlsbad, CA: Big Guy Books. ISBN 1929945671 [Suggested Grade Levels PreK-2]
Combining striking oversized illustrations and bold, oversized type, Gould and Gurin offer a new twist on a few old tales. Details are masculine enough in this retelling of six classic tales to appeal to those men who might not otherwise be inclined to read aloud. The story of the three billy goats gruff features a full page sized big billy goat facing off with a huge, pointy-eared troll. Larger type highlights passages tailor-made for a booming male voice, “FE, FI, FO, FUM!” In the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, “Goldilocks” is a golden haired boy with very bad manners. After the boy wreaks havoc in their house, papa bear promises baby bear that they can make a new chair in the workshop. Baby bear is thrilled because “building things with Papa Bear was one of his favorite things to do.” Young boys will love hearing that one of baby bear’s favorite things to do is one of their favorite things to do also. With no fairies in sight, only a wolf that becomes wolf stew, a giant who dreams of eating little boys on toast, and a lion with claws the size of a rhino’s horn, this collection will appeal to male readers of all ages.
Challenge readers to find several different volumes of the same tales, and compare writing and illustration styles.
Other tales geared for male readers:
Scieszka, Jon. THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIR STUPID TALES. ISBN 067084487X
Scieszka, Jon. THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS. ISBN 0670888443
Trivizas, Eugene. THE THREE LITTLE WOLVES AND THE BIG BAD PIG. ISBN 0689505698
By Tammy Korns