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Who Done It?

Tallec, Olivier (Author/Illustrator)
Chronicle Books 2015. 28 pages
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9781452141985 (hardcover)
Original language: French
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, recurring patterns

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:

Each page in this simple picture book asks readers to identify Who Done It—“who didn’t get enough sleep?” “Who played with that mean cat?” “Who’s shy about dancing?” “Who is in love?” Whether playfully assigning blame, identifying a character trait, or pointing out some behaviour, the sections invite observation of each of the characters portrayed, which include human children and anthropomorphized animals.

This picture book is wider than usual, is designed to be read like a flipbook, and has thick pages and a hard cover. There is scant text, with one question printed per two-page spread, in large letters, and with the word “Who” in bold red each time. Colourful and sweet, with comically large heads, the lineup of kids and animals, from whom readers must choose the answer to each question, are shown in various whimsical poses—a sleepy yellow bunny drags a blue balloon, an orange bear is wide-eyed and prone, a buck-toothed rodent stands wide-eyed in a blue flowered t-shirt, an angry red cat rocks out on a yellow guitar.

Finding who has done what isn’t easy. For instance, only after careful examination is it apparent that a blue creature is smeared with blobs of jam (“Who ate all the jam?”), while elsewhere, a blushing boy with a bouquet tucked behind his back is the likely candidate for love. Readers may enjoy noticing other details about the characters and inventing even more questions for a partner.

  •  How do people know what you are feeling? Discuss body language and how we communicate with more than just words.
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    After you have answered the question on a page, describe the signs that give away the answer.

  •  Create speech bubbles to help understand what characters are thinking on each page.
  •  Create your own book in the same style. Exchange with other students to answer each other’s questions.
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    How do people know what you are feeling? Discuss body language and how we understand and communicate with more than just words.

  •  Read the questions and discuss what signs helped you answer those questions.
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    Use a safe search engine to learn more about body language. Observe and discuss how illustrators use body language to create meaning as they draw their characters in picture books.

  •  In pairs, create new pages in the same style to share your newly acquired knowledge.
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To use information
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Media Literacy
  • Visual Arts