Mo Willems does it again
(The man is brilliant.)
A new book.
Not Pigeon. Not Piggie and Elephant. Not Knuffle Bunny.
A wily fox, a plump goose and baby goslings.
That Is Not a Good Idea
creative genius: Mo Willems
published by Balzer + Bray
April 23, 2013
ages 4 - 8
Inspired by the evil villains and innocent damsels of silent movies, Willems tells the tale of a hungry fox who invites a plump goose to dinner. - book description from Amazon.com
Mo Willems has created a turn-the-page silent movie -- with its own not-so-silent Greek chorus of goslings.
The story line is carried by silent movie style cards. You can almost hear the piano playing in the background!
Accompanied by the typically simple-but-ever-so-informing Mo Willems illustrations.
And the goslings.
An increasing number of goslings try and warn someone, with increasing intensity, that something is not a good idea.
I'm not going to tell you who someone is, or if they listen. But I will let it slip that there is a surprise twist at the end. And no feathers on the floor.
fun stuff to do
There are a bunch of good idea activiites on the Harper Collins website - all ready to download, print and enjoy.
I love the name labels: My name is ________________. My good idea is _______________________. (top left)
(When we are brainstorming, I always ask the kids for their "good idea".)
I know the kids will enjoy tossing a wily fox beanbag into a pot. (bottom left).
And the goslings. There is a gosling to decorate and create a personality (bottom right) for.
Mo Willems suggests that kids make gosling finger puppets (top middle) to tell people that something is a good idea (going for ice cream) or that something is not a good idea (eating too much ice cream).
The style of the book (theatre of the lap) begs to be copied. I'm thinking it would be loads of fun to either draw pictures for a story - or even more fun - take pictures with the iPad/digital camera - and print the silent film style caption on black paper.
It is also a perfect book for reader's theatre. I want to be a gosling!
Check out the book trailer. If nothing else sells you on That is Not a Good Idea, it will.