Big Words Small Stories: The Missing Donut by Judith Henderson
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Kindle Edition: 56 Pages
Kindle Edition Price: $12.99 USD
Hardcover Edition: 56 Pages
Hardcover Edition Price: $12.99 USD
Genre: Children’s Fiction
About the Book
Here’s a collection of short stories with a twist. The five stories all feature the misadventures of a boy named Cris, who likes things all in a row, and his cat, Crat, who likes to mix things up. Running within each of these lighthearted stories is another story, this one about the Sprinkle Fairy, owner of a word factory in Sicily, where the best words in the world come from. The Sprinkle Fairy has a team of helpers, called the Sprinklers, who have slipped one of her big words (like, discombobulated) into each of the small stories. Luckily, the Sprinklers provide warnings right before the big words appear ( Big word coming! ) and include their pronunciations and meanings afterward. Then, a bonus story at the end A Small Play on Big Words uses all the big words together.
Judith Henderson has created an innovative approach to an early reader that involves children in simple, fun-to-read stories, while using a clever, playful device to enrich their vocabularies at the same time. The quirky stories are funny, with storylines that build on each other. The appealing blend of deadpan and slapstick humor in the text is paired with multiple spot illustrations by T. L. McBeth on every page. The tone and accessibility are pitch-perfect for emerging readers. This title is part of a three-book series each book with its own character duo, but all starring the Sprinkle Fairy and her Sprinklers.
About the Author
Judith Henderson is an Emmy Award-winning children’s TV composer and producer. The Missing Donut is her first children’s book. Judith lives in Montreal, Quebec.
T. L. MCBETH is the illustrator of Stegothesaurus and the Big Words Small Stories series. His work has been displayed at the Society of Illustrators. He lives in New York City.
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“Big Words Small Stories: The Missing Donut,” is a humorous story about a little boy and his cat fighting over who knows bigger words. Cris and his Cat,”Crat” teach children about big words with the help of the “Sprinkle Fairy,” who produces the special words at her factory. This book is best fit for children in second to third grade or students in first grade who have a high sense of understanding. They even have a little play at the end, this book is so cute, it’s to die for.
I would definitely buy this book for my young child who is learning and probably would buy it even for just the cute pictures.