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I Am Blop!

Tullet, Hervé (Author/Illustrator)
Phaidon 2013. 110 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9780714865331 (hardcover)
Original language: French
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This ingenious book uses an arsenal of visual-communication tools to tell a story about a paint splotch named Blop. Transformations, reflections, quantities and colour-mixing are all addressed, as Blop changes and multiplies.

The designs are strong; the colours are vibrant. Special production features include translucent overlays and reflective paper for mirror-reading. Brief language captions every gorgeous spread. Wit (“Invisible Blop”), art (“Blop in the museum”) and puns (“Blop party”) are just some of the provocative concepts in store for beginning readers. Challenges such as, “Blop is broken (Stick him back together)” will absorb youngsters of a more practical nature.

The final spread puts the reins in the hands of young readers, when a pink-flower Blop radiates questions from its petals: “Can Blops fly?” “Are Blops friendly?” “Would you like to have a Blop?” For literacy engagement and a visual feast, there’s nothing better than this clever book.

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    Create your own unique shape book using Tullet’s style. What is the name of your shape? What interesting things can it do? Use your imagination!

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    The author uses Blop to illustrate pictograms. Create math equations and activities using a shape of your own design. Share your activities with classmates; have them figure out the answers.

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    Imagine Blop could speak. In pairs, choose several pages from the book and write Blop’s comments in speech bubbles, using sticky notes.

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    List the featured colours. Which primary colours create new colours? 

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    Create a new page to add to the story book. Include a slogan or caption to go with your illustration.

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    Skim through the text and find five words to describe what the book is about. Now, scan the text and list the descriptive words (adjectives) you find.

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    With a partner, write the definition of a blop. How would you describe it? 

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    Create a blop world with the questions at the end of the book.

  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use creativity
  • Mathematics
  • Visual Arts