Margie Palatini is one of my favorite authors. Words are fun. She brings a delightful humor to her texts that hook her readers. On her website, she has an index of literacy skills linked to her books.
The Web Files is a book full of idioms and alliteration that challenges her readers to think, to connect, to visualize. This text would be a fun readers theater to challenge the rolling tongue. Enjoy a fun activity from her website.
So you’re saying that you were robbed, is that right ma’am? What exactly is missing from the nest, ma’am? Eggs, Ma’am? Chicks, ma’am?”
“P-p-peppers,” she said with a flap.
“Peppers?” I asked.
“My perfect purple peppers that were just about ready to be pickled.”
“About how many perfect purple almost-pickled peppers would you say were pilfered, pinched, and picked? A bushel?”
“P’awk! Pawk!” she squawked. “No—a peck! A peck, I tell you! A whole purple- pepper-pickin’ peck!” pg. 10-11
Savorings for The Web Files:
- Humor – idioms and play on words (interweaves fairy tales and Dragnet TV series)
- Higher level of punctuation – apostrophe with slang (horsin’ around)
- Magic of 3
- Word Choice