It is H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S!
Our new reading coach recommended it to introduce mentor texts for ideas. BUT it could be used 101 different ways to teach writing. From word choice to sentence fluency to voice...oh my gosh... the voice.. it is a really high quality, well written book that kids would enjoy mimicking. I think I could honestly teach everything I need to teach in writing with THIS book.
The story is told from the sister's perspective as if she is a reporter giving you the full TRUE story. Basically, her younger brother has to take a bubble bath because he is filthy. Just before getting out of the bath, he gets his toe stuck in the faucet. It's a tub-boo-boo! Mom, being the mother, is positive she can help, but gets stuck too. Dad comes into save the day, but...uh-oh...you guessed it. Dad gets stuck too. So, Dad pulls out his cell phone and calls the police, who come and (of course) also get stuck. I'm sure you get the idea. Luckily the sister (aka the reporter) comes in and saves the day just before all the bubbles disappear and the situation gets too embarrassing.
Again, it is H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S!
You and your kids will laugh out loud while you read it. The book is pure fun! After reading it aloud, we used it as a jumping off point for a personal narrative on an embarrassing moment. But honestly, you could use this for so much in terms of teaching ideas or writing craft.
I'm glad I read it in September, so that I can continue to come back to it as a mentor text over and over again throughout the year.
There is even a lesson for it on WritingFix.com. Bonus!
It is truly a great book. Now, I had to give my copy back to her, but I plan on ordering it from Amazon tonight. I hope you grab a copy too!
If you have 8 minutes, here's the story being read aloud by Miss Nona, the Reading Lady. Enjoy!