Author: Eric Litwin
Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Publisher: Scholastic - Orchard Books
Publication Date: August 20th, 2016
Genre/Format: Fiction/Picture Book
GoodReads Summary: Groovy Joe was living the dream.He had a spoon and tub of doggy ice cream.
And he started to sing:
Love my doggy ice cream! Love my doggy ice cream!
Eric Litwin, author of the bestselling and beloved Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, and bestselling artist Tom Lichtenheld, illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, have created a captivating new canine character who will groove his way into readers' hearts and have them grooving and giggling all the while. In his debut adventure, Groovy Joe faces three roaring dinosaurs hungry for his doggy ice cream! Oh no! But Joe knows just what to do and soon enough he has them all sharing while moving and singing along.
What I Think: Having a puppy who turns one on Thursday, loves good treats, and her best friends is only part of the reason why I'm excited about Groovy Joe. Groovy Joe has a great attitude and is excited about his doggy ice cream...and even excited about sharing with his friends. As a mentor text this book is offers a great opportunity for young readers and writers to think about sharing. They can write their own story about sharing something they love or write about at time when they shared something or someone shared with them. And sharing is caring so it's a great topic to write about!
Also in terms of a mentor text, this book offers an opportunity to talk to students about repetition and for them to think about including this in their own writing. Especially with young readers, this is is a great format to use when creating their own books or a shared class book even. You could even use each child as a character eating his or her favorite treat when a friend walks in and he or she shares with their peer. How cute would that be? Let me tell you: super cute!
Finally, Groovy Joe is full of rhyme. Have students recognize the words that rhyme in the text and see if they can come up with their own rhymes! I have a friend who responds, "Living the dream!" whenever you ask him how he is. Maybe kids can up with their own catch phrases to share and celebrate.
Snatch of Text:
"Groovy Joe was living the dream.
He had a spoon and a tub of ice cream."Writing Prompt: Write about a time when you shared with someone or someone shared with you and how you felt. Write a story about sharing your favorite treat with a friend or friends...or maybe dinosaurs!?
Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs is the first book in a series about the fun-lovin’ and guitar-strummin’ pup. The next Joe story, Disco Party Bow Wow, will be out in the fall of 2017!
A great big, groovy thank you to Scholastic for
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