Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Little Red Pen

Authors: Janet Stevens & Susan Stevens Crummel
Illustrator: Janet Stevens  
Publisher:  Harcourt Children's Books
Publication Year:   2011
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell

Awards:  Starred reviews from Horn Books, Kirkus, School Library Journal

Summary:  The red pen needs help grading papers, but none of the other supplies will help her. Finally she gets so tired that the she falls into "the pit" (trash can) and the others must work together to get her out, even the class pet. Janet Steven's amazing artwork fills the spread with the world of the classroom and, as she loves, she even sticks in a vertical spread too.

Classroom Ideas: This book is full of figurative language- the personification of the office supplies and the hyperbole of the Red Pen ("It might be the end of the world! Who will help me save the world?") , the puns of the different characters (the scissors "Not good for a sharp guy like me!") Also, as the Horn Book noted, this book would be perfect for a read-aloud, class play, or (my favorite) readers' theatre.

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