Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Who Goes There?

Wilson, Karma (Author)
Currey, Anna (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2013. 32 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781416980025 (hardcover)
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:

Lewis Mouse lives all alone “in a very small hole at the bottom of a very small tree.” One blustery night, as he readies his nest for winter, he remarks that his cozy home is missing something. Then he hears some frightful sounds, a “scritch, scratch, tap, tap, tap.” Terrified, he lets his imagination run wild and wonders if it could be: “an owl on the prowl” or maybe a “big hairy bear.”

Lovely whimsical watercolours in warm tones fill the pages, immersing us in the mouse protagonist’s world. The scary creatures – who may well be prowling outside Lewis’ home – are imagined against a stormy blue sky above his head. Sweet details of porcelain dishes and polka dot cushions on Lewis’ chairs add a homey touch.

Storytelling is rich in dialogue, adjectives and the occasional rhyming phrase. We get to know Lewis through his thoughts, voice and reactions to his surroundings. The sound words are written in a different font for effect.

Finally, Lewis ventures out and finds the noise was only a little grey mouse, busy building her own house in the very same tree. It turns out that a friend is what his home was missing all along.

  •  

    Examine the first page and describe the setting. What do you notice and wonder about the story based on this illustration?

  •  

    Read the repeating phrase together: “Who goes there? Who could it be?/Who scritches and scratches and taps at my tree?”

  •  Collect materials from nature and build a model of Lewis’s house in a shoebox. Practise retelling the story using your mouse house.
  •  

    Learn keywords to be able to understand the story (e.g. mouse, hole, nest, leaves).

  •  

    As you listen to the story being read aloud, join in for the recurrent phrases.

  •  

    Match keywords to the illustrations.

  •  

    Do a Reader’s Theatre version of the story.

  •  Use in conjunction with the LES My Hero’s First Halloween.
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To use creativity
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Drama
  • Science and Technology