Picture books that truly encourage audience participation are not that common, and a book that truly engages the reader and makes them suspend belief is a rare gem indeed! This book just ate my dog! is one of the best books I have found for engaging readers in the story, I had colleagues and two classes of children engaged from start to finish (and I don't think it is just because I have had a lot of practice reading to audiences either).
There are pauses in all the right places, there are unexpected surprises, and there is even a quirky twist at the end that made all the children laugh out loud - and most of the adults too. This book works really well one-on-one but worked equally as well with a group of more than 30 children - and the children were aged from four-year-olds up to ten-year-olds so it suited a wide range of ages.
If you like this book then try:
- If I had a raptor by George O'Connor
- Barnaby Bennett by Hannah Rainforth; illustrated by Ali Teo
- Don't push the button! by Bill Cotter
- Elephants cannot dance! by Mo Willems
- Blue chicken by Deborah Freedman
- New socks by Bob Shea
- Wait! No paint! by Bruce Whately
- Giggle, giggle, quack by Doreen Cronin; illustrated by Betsy Lewin
- Press here by Hervé Tullet
- Cushie Butterfield (she's a little cow) by Colin McNaughton
- If you give a mouse a cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff; illustrated by Felicia Bond
- The monster at the end of this book by Jon Stone
- Shout! Shout it out! by Denise Fleming