Wednesday, June 26, 2013

OH NO! (or how my science project destroyed the world)

Cover art for OH NO!

Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator:   Dan Santat
Publisher:  Hyperion
Publication Year:   2010
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell

Awards:   Kirkus & Publisher's Weekly starred reviews,
Summary:  This almost wordless book tells the story of a science project. The detailed diagram of the "Robot Unit Series-01" on the front endpaper tells the reader that this is going to be a series project indeed. The narrator is a  glasses-wearing girl who's walking through a ruined city being attacked by a giant robot. She addresses the reader directly with, "I never should have built a robot for the science fair." In a flashback, she wins a blue ribbon at the fair , but then in the future its still destroying the city. She bemoans all of the weapons she gave it while she didn't give it ears. Then she gets an idea and sends a giant toad after the robot. The toad pushes the robot into the ocean, but then the toad starts to attack the city.

Classroom Ideas: Since the narrator directly addresses the reader, this is 2nd person point of view. It's a good example of problem and solution. It would also be a great writing exercise for kids to write about what happens next. How will the narrator stop the giant toad?

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