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Rawr!

Doodler, Todd H. (Author/Illustrator)
Scholastic 2013. 36 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9780545511186 (hardcover)
9780545525145 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, dialogue, 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

Description:

“I am bigger than every kid in my class.” Short, simple sentences convey the difficulties a cute Tyrannosaurus dinosaur encounters while attending elementary school with his people-friends.

Bold, black outlines and solid colour fills create perky, cartoon-like illustrations, depicting all kinds of humorous situations. In one image, the school bus roof is smashed: the dinosaur’s head pokes through: “I am even bigger than the school bus.” In another, everyone stares, disheartened, as furniture lies crushed under his massive bottom: “My desk does not fit.”

But the book’s message shows that challenges can have an upside: the dinosaur acts as a crossing guard for friends: “I am helpful.” And at recess, he makes a great slide: “being BIG can be a good thing.”

This fun book can also serve as a model for early readers and those new to English, to create self-descriptions and contemplate their own challenges and advantages in different situations.

  •  

    Take turns reading the title aloud. Notice that the punctuation indicates how to say “Rawr.”

  •  

    Discuss the reasons why it is easy or hard to be a dinosaur. Would you like to be a dinosaur? Explain your thinking.

  •  

    With a partner, act out a scene from school (e.g. lining up for recess, playing in the gym) but use only dinosaur language (i.e. the word “rawr”). See if your classmates can deduce what is happening in your scene.

  •  

    Take turns reading the title aloud. Notice that the punctuation indicates how to say “Rawr.”

  •  

    As the book is read aloud, fit yourself into the text: “I am smaller than the bus,” “I am bigger than Jonathan.”

  •  As a group, retell the story using teacher-selected pictures.
  •  

    Look at the endpapers and repeat the sentences that match the different versions of the dinosaur.

  •  

    Match teacher-prepared word labels and pictures.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • Citizenship and Community Life