Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow

Title: The Big Fat Cow that Goes Kapow 
Author: Andy Griffiths  
Illustrator: Terry Denton 
Publisher: Fiewel and Friends 
Publication Date: February, 2009 
Genre/Format: Fiction/Early Reader-Chapter Book 
GoodReads Summary:  Look! It’s a book
With a mouse and his house,
And a mole in a hole,
And a bike with a spike,
And, of course,
A big, fat cow that goes . . .
5,4,3,2,1 . . . KAPOW!

New York Times-bestselling author Andy Griffiths, follows up his slimy, rhymey, easy-to-read hit, The Cat on the Mat is Flat, with ten more hilarious short, rhyming stories guaranteed to make kids laugh. 

What I Think: The first time I read this book, I was laughing out loud with Peanut. It's just so much fun! It's silly and the simple drawings add to the fun, rhyming text. If I were to ever compare a book to Dr. Seuss...this would be it. That's a pretty big compliment. I love how there are ten short stories packed into this book. It's like an early reader that feels more like a chapter book...and don't we just love that? A book that we can give to a young reader that will make them feel like they are reading a big-kid chapter book? Gotta love it! 
Read Together: Grades Pre-K - 3
Read Alone: Grades K - 3  
Read With: Green Eggs and Ham and others by Dr. Seuss, Elephant and Piggie (series) by Mo Willems, Up, Tall and High by Ethan Long
Snatch of Text:  
"It's raining
big fat cows 

How many cows?
It's hard to say.

A big cow here.

A fat cow there.

Big fat cows are
Reading Strategies to Practice: Fluency, Making Connections, Making Predictions
Writing Strategies to Practice: Rhyme, Literary Elements, Rhythm, Repetition, Alliteration, Onomatopoeia
Writing Prompts: Brainstorm a list of words that rhyme, try to write a story using those words - or give your list to a friend and see if your friend can write a story with your list! 
Topics Covered: Cows, Animals, Family, Imagination
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