Ivan the Terrier

August 27, 2011

Ivan the Terrier is a unique mix of story within a story. The narrator, Peter Catalanotte, is reading a fairy tale to the reader when all of a sudden, Ivan interrupts the script. His barking startles the story characters while the narrator is trying to control his dog.

You students will have fun predicting what mischief will happen next. Ivan is full of energy, running from one scene to the next. The text is hilarious.

Savorings for reading and in writing for Ivan the Terrier:

  • Font Manipulation – creates the sounds of the dog
  • Voice – “My word. I’ve never seen anything like this,”
  • Interjections
  • Problem/Solution
  • Surprise Ending