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The Itchy Book!: Mo Willems’s Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!


Series
Elephant and Piggy Like Reading!

written and illustrated by
LeUyen Pham

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Disney Book Group
Imprint
Disney-Hyperion
ISBN
9781368005647
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Triceratops has an itch . . . so does Pterodactyl . . . and Apatosaurus . . . and T-Rex! But Dino-Mo reminds them all of the BIG rule: Dinosaurs do not scratch! What's an itchy dinosaur to do?

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None

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

64

Dewey

E

AR

1.8: points 0.5

Lexile

340L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2018

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*, The Horn Book Magazine

Horn Book

Pham’s early reader touches on herd-mentality and nonconformity in a makebelieve prehistoric setting. A turtle snoozes in front of a rock etched with the words “Dinosaurs Do Not Scratch.” “Huh. You learn something new every day,” muses a passing bespectacled dinosaur kid. With instant, uncompromising absorption of that message, and further self-justification regarding the virtues of “toughness,” the dino begins spreading the word as gospel to all the other creatures. Not everyone is convinced, but they’re all impressed by their friend’s display of self-control. When the first dino dares the others to “make me itchy,” a riotous paneled sequence ensues in which classic itchy-making items (a wool sweater, dandelion fluff, sand, a cat) are lobbed at the increasingly uncomfortable creature. A twist ending clarifies (but only somewhat) the message on the rock, solving the problem at hand, but perhaps raising more questions than answers for both dinos and readers (“I wonder why dinosaurs do not scratch alone?”). Pham’s alldialogue text and bubbly cartoon–style illustrations have lots of kid appeal, and the implicit issues raised by the story—toughness, gender roles (pay attention to who is gender-identified and who isn’t), individuality, questioning authority—are broached at a child-comprehending level. -Elissa Gershowitz

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Pham’s early reader touches on herd-mentality and nonconformity in a makebelieve prehistoric setting. A turtle snoozes in front of a rock etched with the words “Dinosaurs Do Not Scratch.” “Huh. You learn something new every day,” muses a passing bespectacled dinosaur kid. With instant, uncompromising absorption of that message, and further self-justification regarding the virtues of “toughness,” the dino begins spreading the word as gospel to all the other creatures. Not everyone is convinced, but they’re all impressed by their friend’s display of self-control. When the first dino dares the others to “make me itchy,” a riotous paneled sequence ensues in which classic itchy-making items (a wool sweater, dandelion fluff, sand, a cat) are lobbed at the increasingly uncomfortable creature. A twist ending clarifies (but only somewhat) the message on the rock, solving the problem at hand, but perhaps raising more questions than answers for both dinos and readers (“I wonder why dinosaurs do not scratch alone?”). Pham’s alldialogue text and bubbly cartoon–style illustrations have lots of kid appeal, and the implicit issues raised by the story—toughness, gender roles (pay attention to who is gender-identified and who isn’t), individuality, questioning authority—are broached at a child-comprehending level. -Elissa Gershowitz

Grades K-1
Emergent Readers Plus
For Grades K-1

Engaging short texts and large type for children who are beginning to read. Books feature familiar vocabulary and natural repetition as well as playful hooks to pull in readers. With artwork and layout designed to enhance comprehension, these books foster pleasurable and successful early reading experience.

14 books per Year
$189.00 per Year
Interests
Beginning Readers,ESL,Fiction,Picture Books,Storytime/Read Alouds
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