Children, and pranksters of all ages, enjoy pulling tricks on each other. The reaction can be shocking or funny. Social media aides in displaying embarrassing acts. Sometimes what seems harmless to the culprit creates a catastrophe in the end.
In That’s Not Funny! by Jeanne Willis, Hyena triggers negative consequences to his simple and unassuming harmless prank – a slippery banana peel strategically placed within another character’s path. One animal gets injured which trips a chain reaction of accidents. All the while, Hyene laughs and laughs.
In the end, the domino effect circles back to him. The circular mishap provides a venue for discussion on kindness and respect.
Savorings for That’s Not Funny!:
- Cause and Effect
- Repeating Structure
- Repeating Line – “But Hyena laughed and laughed because when….”
- Vivid Verbs – skidded, torpedoed
- Community building – another person’s perspective, harmful emotionally as well as physically
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