Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Something Sure Smells Around Here

Author: Brian P. Cleary

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:

I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What a fun and neat way to show students how to create limericks! I absolutely loved this text and the illustrations that went with each limerick. Any kind of poetry has been a struggle for me to teach with my students, especially for teaching those who lack confidence in their own writing, ANY kind of writing, period. But I am always looking for fun texts with silly stories or themes that will help put them at ease and show students that it is okay to laugh and have fun and be silly with writing. This would be a great text for our poetry units, I wish I had found it earlier in the school year!

I like that it could be independent for students as well, as it gives directions prior to the limericks for how students could write their own. The word play is also fun, such as the pirate shaking his booty while he also has a treasure chest, or the teacher who students are 'bright' (so bright, they are represented as light bulbs). 

I also found the 'further reading' section at the end to be helpful. It is always nice as an educator and parent to be pointed in the right direction to find my resources for my students.

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