Review Blog

May 11 2016

Did you take the B from my -ook? by Beck and Matt Stanton

cover image

Books that drive people crazy! series. ABC Books, 2016. ISBN 9780733334832
(Age: 4+) Highly recommended. Another entertaining read-aloud picture book from Beck and Matt Stanton is ready to delight the reader and their audience - Did You Take the B from My -ook? What happens when your favourite letter b disappears from your story, after an enormous sneeze?
Now it is time to trip up the adult reading aloud. Each tricky statement about things that are loved is missing the beginning letter: ed not bed, all - ball, ull - bull. Each is followed by questions that demand an audience response; they will love the repartee paired with the simple visual cues, especially the large capital B running away. The large white text placed on the solid colour backgrounds is accessible to a whole class or group; wait for their laughter and reactions. Expressive reading and change of tone assists with their engagement.
Excitement builds in the second half when the individual animals and objects come back, stacked up on the bed and balanced precariously. The final demand is almost at fever pitch - 'Come back B!' and the story ends brilliantly. Bravo!
A wonderful resource for educators, useful as a lead in to writing stories with alternative missing letters or sounds, alphabet books and phonics lessons, for drama and oral presentations.
Rhyllis Bignell

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
Miles Franklin longlist 2017
Reading Children's Book Prize 2017
Klaus Flugge Prize shortlist 2017
Branford Boase Award shortlist 2017
Text Prize 2017
NSW Premier Literary Awards shortlist 2017
Aurealis Awards winners
YABBA Awards shortlist 2017
Stella Prize 2017
2017 YALSA Teens' Top Ten Nominees

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates