Mr. Putney's Quacking Dog
written and illustrated by Jon Agee
(Michael Di Capua Books) 2010
Source: Mebane Public Library
Mr. Putney keeps unusual company. In this latest Jon Agee punny word play book, readers are given a question about Mr. Putney's life on one page followed by an answer that is an animal name created by clever wordplay.
Q: Who wakes Mr. Putney up in the morning?
A: An alarmadillo
As usual, Agee's illustrations are humorous and intelligent. These riddles and illustrations could be read one at a time as a warm-up for other activities in a 3-5 class. Students could also attempt to create other friends for Mr. Putney. Here is a weak attempt on my part:
Q: Which friend of Mr. Putney's likes to play soccer?
A: A flamingoal
One of the ways you can increase the vocabulary of your students is to engage in word play. If you want to incorporate word play into your word study activities, Mr. Putney's Quacking Dog would be a fun read for your class. Jon Agee has several other word play books that you can find at your local library.
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