Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ducks Go Vroom

Ducks Go Vroom
written by Jane Kohuth; illustrated by Viviana Garofoli
2011 (Random House)
Source: Mebane Public Library

You know how you tell visitors to make themselves at home? Mi casa es su casa? The three ducks in Ducks Go Vroom take this phrase to the nth degree when they visit Auntie Goose's house. Soon after arriving, the ducks yak loudly on their cell phones, help themselves to some loud television and snacks, decide to make cookies, and conveniently forget to clean. Fortunately, Auntie Goose helps them receive a needed comeuppance at the end of the book.

Ducks Go Vroom is one of those fun books that you share with a child just learning to read. I would read it several times with the child before expecting them to read it independently. Sound words abound (onomatopoeia) which makes it difficult to decode initially. Don't forget to focus on comprehension as your child reads this book. There are predictions to make and this would make for a nice lesson on sequence as well. I would also ask if the ducks learned a lesson at the end of the book.

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