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The Mischievians

Joyce, William (Author/Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2013. 52 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781442473478 (hardcover)
9781442473485 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

layout, recurring patterns, 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
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

In the underground lab of Dr. Zooper, two children learn the “truth” about an ancient race of mischief makers in this quirky book of outlandish explanations for everyday problems that “make mayhem, make noise, and make you CRAZY”.

Narrated by the children, much of the text is written in question-and-answer format, with Dr. Zooper enumerating all the tongue-in-cheek ways in which the Homework Eater, the Yawn Mower (the villain who makes you yawn at the worst possible times), the Endroller (uses up the last of the toilet paper) and others wreak havoc on our lives. Before the story even begins, a hand printed note to readers, ostensibly written by the children, reaches out to readers for solidarity in the event they are blamed for what has gone awry in their household.

Wacky, cartoonish illustrations capture the various creatures in colourful detail to help readers visualize the qualities and traits elaborated in the question-and-answer portion of the spread.

Guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing, this fun read-aloud invites children to imagine and illustrate their own Mischievians.

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    Discuss the title as well as the front and back cover of the book. Predict what the story might be about. 

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    Create a synonym word wall for less familiar words such as mayhem, illuminations, emancipated, solitude, antidote, proboscis, unfurls, threefold. Use these words in a sentence and share your best ones with the class.

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    Identify the techniques that the author uses to make this book funny. How do the illustrations help you imagine the creature being described? Are the Mischievians what you imagined?

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    In pairs, brainstorm a list of items that typically go lost or missing in your home or school. Add to the book’s encyclopedia by creating another dilemma question with a funny, creative response. Illustrate the Mischievian that you create.

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    Before reading, discuss the meaning of mischief. What do you or a friend do that is mischievous? Can you recall any mischievous characters from books or movies? Who do you think the mischievians are? What might they do?

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    Before reading each page, look at the next picture and imagine what that mischievian is doing to get you into trouble. Take turns asking and answering the questions in the text.

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    Research the actual scientific reasons for yawning or for the name funny bone, etc. Make a class poster with your answers.

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    Illustrate and write about your own mischievian using the template at the end of the book. Write the information about your mischievian in question-and-answer format.

  •  Discuss the front and back covers, and make predictions about the story.
  •  After reading a few of the question-and-answer pages, work with a partner to create new ones with an accompanying imaginary creature. Collate your class pages electronically and share them on an interactive whiteboard.
  •  Create your own story-within-a-story with this book as your model. Incorporate techniques used by the author to make your story funny.
  • To use creativity
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Science and Technology
  • Visual Arts