I came across this book last summer, laughing out loud in the bookstore as I read it, and have been so excited to share it with my second graders, who loved it too - they would squeal each time a clue was revealed. It was fun to hear a few interpretations of the surprising ending from the students' perspectives. We discussed the ways Klassen created texture in his illustrations and how the color red was used for emphasis against a neutral color palette, then we left the reading rug and went to our tables to create our own animals involved in human activities, like wearing clothes, playing sports, or even voting!
Here's a link to a video book preview and an enticing review...
|Scaly dragon reading a book|
|this bird's voting for Romney|
|panda goes to Starbucks|
|surfing hedgehog... look out!|
|hamster with all the comforts of home|
|slam-dunking furry friends|
|musical trio in a cave|
|porcupine playing Minecraft|
|platypi volleyball, of course!|
|bear on a bike|
|the music lesson|
|hibernating porcupine with a heater|
|bear listening to tunes|