Friday, March 31, 2017

Tulip and Rex Write a Story by Alyssa Satin Capucilli -- OPTIONAL

Capucilli, Alyssa Satin Tulip and Rex Write a Story, illustrated by Sarah Massini. PICTURE BOOK. HarperCollins, 2015. $17.99. Content: G.

When Tulip receives a notebook and a leash from her grandmother, she feels like it's a sign that she should take her dog for a walk. As they wander the city toward the park, Tulip records interesting words in her notebook. Afterward she creates a story, scattering the words from her list throughout.

I love the idea of creating a list of interesting words and incorporating them into a story. In fact, I think it would make a wonderful lesson. The illustrations are fantastic, too -- quirky yet clear, and the subtle presence of Tulip's parents is well-done. Unfortunately, the text itself is far longer than it needs to be. It could easily have been shortened by a third or even a half. As it is now, it lacks the perky pace that would make for a truly great read-aloud during a library or classroom lesson. Some students may enjoy checking it out and reading it on their own, however.

EL (K-3) -- OPTIONAL. Reviewed by Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist

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