About the book: This is the story of a boy who fell into a book! And unluckily for him, it’s a book that he hasn’t taken very good care of! Herb finds that his scribblings and messiness have caused all sorts of problems for the fairy tale characters inside, and some of them are not very happy about it. Can he escape from the book and put everything right?
Reasons for selection: A twisted fairy tale with a meta feel, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book is a text that offers multiple opportunities to consider authorial intent. Lauren Child has a strong authorial voice and often directly addresses the reader. Expectations are set up at the beginning of the book, and subtly subverted, allowing for prediction, inference and discussion skills to be practised and refined. Character is developed not only through text, but through the illustrations and even the choice of font. An accessible amount of text, with some complicated phrasing, makes this an ideal book for developing fluency, and the familiar settings encourage children to draw on their previous reading and make comparisons.
About Take One Book: The books in the Take One Book collection can be used in conjunction with the Take One Book website, or independently. Take One Book is Just Imagine’s programme for teaching reading and English using high quality literature. You can find further information and free exemplar units on the Take One Book website takeonebook.org
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