Wild about Books
Do You Have
Another Book Like This One?”
Series, Sequels, and Companions
by Karla Wendelin
elephants cannot dance. To please his Fly. Surely such a
hen readers friend, he gives it a twirl, an effort that title will inspire
return books results in such frustration that Piggie her, but Mercy is
is sorry she pressed him. In a surprise more interested in
they have ending, a couple of squirrels want to the “Bottomless
particularly enjoyed, they learn some dance Buckets” of
moves—not popcorn saturated
often ask for one “just like from Piggie, but with real butter.
it.” It might be a sequel or from Gerald! The Fans of Mercy’s
always expressive previous books
another book in a series cartoon images know that butter is her weakness and,
that they want. School of Gerald and indeed, it is the case again, as Mercy goes
Piggie provide from car to car eating all the popcorn in
librarians can suggest considerable sight. Mayhem ensues, and the familiar
companion books that are humor and tell as cast of characters, including Police Officer
much of the story as the word “bubbles.” Tomilello and Animal Control Officer
not necessarily sequential Francine Poulet, a couple of firefighters,
SPARK: Move the furniture
but feature familiar because students will not be
and even reformed robber Leroy Ninker
are on hand to stop the popcorn pillage.
characters; they can also able to resist boogying down to The solution—what else?—Mercy’s
suggest books that are “The Elephant” after reading this favorite—buttered toast! Brightly colored
illustrations with a retro feel add even
similar in plot, theme, or book! With stories told entirely in
more energy to this lively story.
format. In any case, the conversation, the Elephant & Piggie
SPARK: Have fun with the word
books work well as two-person
goal is to match books Readers Theatre for beginning
“wonky!” Arrive at a definition with
with readers, and the readers.
students and use as needed. It’s
selections below may help likely that students are not familiar
DiCamillo, Kate. Mercy with drive-in movies. They can find
do just that. a bit of history, view photos and old
movie ads, glimpse the concession
Willems, Mo. Elephants Comes.
Wonky This Way Comes.
stand, and watch intermission
Cannot Dance! Hyperion Illus. by Chris Van Dusen.
films on the Internet at Welcome to
2009. ISBN 978-1-4231- Candlewick, 2009. ISBN
the Drive-In Theater! (http://www.