Author: Charlotte Gunnufson
Illustrator: Kevan J. Atteberry
Publisher: Two Lions
Publication Date: September, 2013
Genre/Format: Fiction/Picture Book
GoodReads Summary: In the dark, a funky beat. / Something white with bony feet. / Skeleton dancing up the street, / Doing the Halloween Hustle. Skeleton is dancing his way to a Halloween party but as he grooves across town, he keeps stumbling, tumbling, and falling apart! Can Skeleton stay in one piece long enough to make it to the party?
What I Think: It's hard not to enjoy this dancing skeleton. He's got such a cheery demeanor and a can't-stop-me attitude. Visit Charlotte's website to watch the video and get the catchy Halloween Hustle song in your head. It's a fun book and perfect for reading on Halloween. As a mentor text, this book is full of all sorts of literary devices that you can pull out and use as models. It's also a good book if you are practicing making predictions.
Read Together: Grades Pre-K - 1
Read Alone: Grades Pre-K - 3
Read With: Which Witch is Which? by Judi Barrett
Snatch of Text:
"Bony thumbs and fingers snap.
Bony heels and toes tip-tap.
Knees knock-knock and elbows flap,
Doing the Halloween Hustle."Reading Strategies to Practice: Visualizing, Making Predictions
Writing Strategies to Practice: Personal Narrative, Descriptive, Onomatopoeia, Rhyme, Rhythm, Alliteration
Writing Prompts: Write about a time in your life when something didn't go your way, or something went wrong. What did you do to get through it and move on?
Topics Covered: Determination, Friendship
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