Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Melvis and Elvis

Lee, Dennis (Author)
Tankard, Jeremy (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2015. 36 pages
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9781443411486 (hardcover)
9781443411509 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Anthology
Book genre: Poetry

Text Elements:

recurring patterns, setting, structures and features

Award

The Forest of Reading – The Silver Birch Express Award Nominee – 2016

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:

This collection of 33 poems offers child-centred topics in snappy language.

Some poems are lyric and thoughtful, such as “Bobolink” (“I’ll be the silence/And you be the song”). Others are hilarious, such as “Apologies to my most noble and excellent friend” (“pounding on your head all night/Was fun. But very impolite.”)

The world of childhood is acutely observed: “I sort of squoze the toothpaste and it splatted on the floor”. Imagination soars in poems such as “Mister Kim and his Wonderful Cat,” when a cat learns to manage a corner store: “Count the money, brew the tea,/And cash the tickets for the lottery.”

Vibrant, colourful illustrations use strong outline to define kid-characters in settings both realistic and fantastic. In the final spread, the whole cast of kids and creatures serenade the poet. Young readers will find the missing triceratops from “Calling All Dinosaurs;” holding hands are the two little girls from “The New Friend.” In the distance, the broad mouth of the “Notapotamus” opens in song.

For resonant language paired with fun images, there is much to be enjoyed in this collection.

  •  With a partner, choose a poem and practise saying it out loud. Add actions and props to make it come alive. Share your poem with another team.
  •  Make a comic strip based on one of the poems.
  •  Select a poem on a topic that you can relate to. Explain your text-to-self connections. Try writing a different style of poem on the same topic.
  •  

    As you read the poems, identify the Canadian places mentioned. Add sticky notes with the poem titles to a large map.

  •  With a partner, choose a poem and practise saying it out loud. Add actions and props to make it come alive. Share your poem with another team.
  •  With a partner, add speech bubbles to the illustrations to show your understanding of the text.
  • To communicate appropriately
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