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Labyrinth: Find Your Way Through 14 Magical Mazes

Guignard, Théo (Author/Illustrator)
Quarto 2017. 32 pages
First published: 2017
ISBN: 9781847809988 (hardcover)
Original language: French
Dewey: 793.73
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

setting

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
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Fourteen creative, unconventional mazes that are less about the end result than the entertainment along the way. Each maze has a list of features to look for. One maze made of monsters reads: “Guide a monster on the run to find his way home. In the crowds, can you spot: a hairy giant wearing a watch; a worm with a bowler hat; a glum, stripy bee; a girl holding her teddy, and a cross frog?” The digital illustrations feature a series of monsters that make up the maze walls. Some monsters are elaborate, with animal heads and odd-shaped bodies; others are blobs with horns or giant eyes.

Another more challenging maze features a “magic mansion”: a grid of rooms with doors. Each room features a different scene: a classroom, a swamp, outer space, a movie theatre. The reader must find the series of doors that will lead outside to the birthday party. Readers can quickly find their way through the mazes but will want to linger much longer to explore the details.

The illustrations are clever and sometimes incredibly detailed. One double-page spread shows a network of elevated freeways and features hundreds of minuscule vehicles and a series of futuristic buildings. Another features the deep sea, with walls made up of luminescent sea creatures. The final and most complex maze consists entirely of tiny multicoloured squares.

Fourteen mazes. Fourteen universes with endless detail, colour, shapes and creative configurations.

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    Go for a picture walk and discuss the settings of the two-page spreads.

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    Choose a two-page spread and identify the adjectives used in the lower section. Locate what is being described and attribute one or more additional adjectives to enrich the description. Exchange with a partner and compare your work.

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    Brainstorm and start anchor charts of words that situate and direct, such as position words (above, below, around), math measurements (mm, cm) and ordinal numbers (first, second, third).

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    Create your own path by writing a series of instructions to guide a partner from one point to another. Use creative descriptions, ordinal numbers, math measurements, position words and other details to help them find their way.

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    Go for a picture walk and discuss the settings for each double-page spread.

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    Brainstorm the words and expressions you may need to go through these labyrinths (turn left, turn right, go up the stairs, etc.). Build a bank of this vocabulary on a class chart for the following task as well as for further use.

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    With a partner, read the texts under the mazes. Locate the featured objects or characters. Cooperate to go through a maze and solve the problem. Use the expressions from the anchor chart.

  • To cooperate with others
  • To solve problems
  • To use information
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Mathematics
  • Visual Arts