Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

We’re in the Wrong Book!

Byrne, Richard (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2015. 32 pages
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9781627794510 (hardcover)
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
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Ben and Bella are illustrated characters that exist inside a book. When Bella’s dog bumps them out of the book they belong in, and into an unfamiliar one, they go on quite the adventure trying to get back onto the right page.

These two appealing characters get lost in a series of books with distinct illustrations and genres. Ben and Bella retain their original sketchy, illustrated qualities even as they encounter a series of very different settings. First, they find themselves in a counting book with 9 pencils and 10 lollipops. Then they travel from a comic book to a history of the Egyptians, a puzzle book, a version of Little Red Riding Hood, a ‘how-to’ book and a spot-the-differences one. They finally follow a page the dog ripped and find their way back to where they belong.

Simple digital illustrations cover genres with precision, from comic book panels to a photograph of the Sphinx in Egypt. Text is a straightforward mix of narrative and dialogue: “Suddenly, Ben and Bella were in a book full of instructions. ‘I suppose we could follow them, said Bella. ‘Book ahoy!’ said Ben.” Quirky details like instructions on how to make your own paper boat and interactive text that mimics an app are inserted into the storytelling. Font is large and very readable, with Ben and Bella’s speech in a handwritten scrawl.

A fun metafiction that cleverly explores different genres of books.

  •  

    Ben and Bella visit a number of different types of books. Notice the details of the books they visit and go on a scavenger hunt in the library to find books in the same style or genre.

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    Choose a book from your favourite genre and draw one of the scenes. Add yourself into the drawing as a primary or secondary character.

  •  

    Look around your library and see how many genres you can identify. Read a book from a genre you have never tried before.

  •  

    Ben and Bella visit a number of different types of books. Notice the details of the books they visit and discuss their characteristics. What types (genres) of books are they?

  •  

    Explore the books you have in the class or in the library to see if you can identify all the genres. Discuss the genres you have read and those you have not.

  •  

    Create an anchor chart about the different genres of books and their characteristics. Add the titles of favourite books as suggestions for your classmates.

  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Visual Arts