Novak uses nonsense words throughout the book to express sounds (onomatopoeia) and just to be silly. The kids just eat it up! I plan on teaching a mini lesson on the difference between real words and nonsense words. I will have students search through the book for words that are nonsense or silly. This will be the perfect read aloud to show students that they can tell if a word is nonsense by saying it out loud and reading it in the sentence.
There are no pictures in this book, so the author uses many large fonts and bold print to express emotion. You could use this read aloud to teach students about concepts of print and text features. They will learn how to orally read words when they are large, small, bold, and regular print. While you are reading, get really loud and have your students join in when the words are ginormous and stretched across the page. Make your voice soft and squeaky when the words are as tiny.
Picture-less Class Book
Create your own class book of silly words or silly stories. Have each student write one page, and then bind them together. You will be mimicking the layout of The Book With No Pictures. This would be a great way to see if students can use bold print and onomatopoeia in their writing.
Design Your Own Pictures
This would be a fun activity for students who are already fluent readers. Teach a mini lesson on finding details in the text and including them in illustrations. Read the book and have students listen. You may even have them close their eyes as you read. This will allow them to create strong pictures in their minds. After reading, students can draw and label pictures to describe the words on each page of the book. Once they can read the page on their own and create illustrations that match, you will be able to teach the importance of illustrations to the reader.
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