Shhh! (group set,, 7 books)

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Shhh! You are about to enter a giant's castle. Can you get through the book without waking up the enormous scary giant? What will you do if he wakes up? Why shut the book of course! Shhh! is based loosely on Jack and the Beanstalk and physically involves the child in narrative and adventure. Lift-up flaps cleverly offer reassurance to the intruder until they reach the final pages.

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  • 32 pages

 

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Shhh! discussion guide

SHHH!

Author: Sally Grindley

Illustrator: Peter Utton

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Books

Synopsis: Shhh! You are about to enter a giant's castle. Can you get through the book without waking up the enormous scary giant? What will you do if he wakes up? Why shut the book of course! Shhh! is based loosely on Jack and the Beanstalk and physically involves the child in narrative and adventure. Lift-up flaps cleverly offer reassurance to the intruder until they reach the final pages.

Reasons for selection: This is an interactive book based on Jack and the Beanstalk that works well as a group or whole class read. Readers are invited to collude with the narrator in the invasion of the giant’s castle. Suspense is built through the narrator’s exhortation to be quiet,  the clever flaps and dramatic turns of the page. There’s a final surprise, making this a good story for thinking about how suspense is built and broken with the surprise or shock which writers (and film makers) often employ. The story invites an expressive reading, which can be modelled through group reading and then practised and enacted by children in pairs or small groups. It also includes a direct address from the narrator to the reader, which can be discussed explicitly with some readers. Reading a book with flaps together also provides an opportunity to talk about careful book handling so that the book can be enjoyed many times by lots of readers.

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