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This Book Just Ate My Dog!

Byrne, Richard (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2014. 32 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9781627790710 (hardcover)
9781466877610 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

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:

When her dog mysteriously disappears into the gutter of the very book held by the reader, young Bella calls for help. First to show up is her friend Ben, then a police car and fire truck: they all vanish into thin air as well. So, then, does Bella herself. It is up to the reader to follow her instructions to bring them all back safely. Are you up to the challenge?

The main narrative, told in spare, simple language, appears in varying sizes of red font, while Bella’s secret notes to the reader are in blue handwritten script. The author playfully arranges text on the page, inviting readers to turn the book sideways or upside down to follow the story threads.

Clever and inventive, this story breaks the fourth wall and engages readers interactively by having them manipulate the book in order to solve the mystery.

Endpapers are comically printed with the lines that an errant child might have to write during detention: “I promise not to be a naughty book.”

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    Discuss and define parts of the book: jacket, title page, spine, endpaper, gutter. Examine a variety of books and name the parts. Are they always the same? Share your findings with the class.

  •  Where do you think the dog disappeared to? Draw or write to show what you visualize in the gutter.
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    Write a letter to the book, outlining how it should behave next time.

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    Discuss and define the parts of the book: jacket, title page, spine, endpaper, gutter. Examine a variety of books and name the parts. Are they always the same? Share your findings with the class.

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    List other places where things seem to disappear, such as inside a desk, under a couch cushion or inside a school bag.

  •  Bella has many helpers in her mishap. Who else could you ask for help?
  •  Create a comic strip in the same style. Include a letter asking for help.
  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To solve problems
  • To use creativity
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Media Literacy
  • Visual Arts