Tuesday, April 7, 2009

No! That's Wrong!

Ji, Zhaohua. 2008. NO! THAT’S WRONG! Ill. by Cui Xu. La Jolla, CA: Kane/Miller. ISBN 1933605669 [Suggested Grade Levels PreK-2]

No one likes to be told that what they think is wrong. Least of all the silly white rabbit starring in Zhaohua Ji’s giggle-producing picture book NO! THAT’S WRONG! When this rabbit finds a pair of underwear—red underwear--he knows that it is a hat: a wonderfully fantastic hat. As the hat is passed around among friends, the narrator can’t help intruding on every page and voicing his opinion—that everyone is wrong—it’s NOT a hat!

Originally published in China, NO! THAT’S WRONG! is delightful, charming, and undeniably funny.

Highlight the synonyms used in the text—terrific, special, fantastic, incredible, magnificent, amazing, marvelous, wonderful, fabulous, etc. (Explain words that they might be familiar with.) Discuss other creative ways to describe this hat.

Gather a handful of items—common items—and have children come up with creative new uses for each one.

Other international favorites:
Chen, Chih-Yuan. GUJI GUJI. ISBN 1929132670
Horacek, Judy. THE STORY OF GROWL. ISBN 1933605804
Lee, Ho Baek. WHILE WE WERE OUT. ISBN 1929132441
Liu, Jae-Soo. YELLOW UMBRELLA. ISBN 1929132360
Merveille, David. JUKEBOX. ISBN 1933605722
Yamada, Utako. CHERRY THE PIG. ISBN 1933605251

By Becky Laney

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