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Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles
     

Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles

by J. Patrick Lewis
 

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Thirteen witty and wacky poems pose riddles that challenge readers to "Name That Book." With a glass slipper here and a spiderweb there, Lynn Munsinger's adorable illustrations lead young readers to the solutions. From Goodnight Moon to Madeline, children and parents alike will delight in recognizing their most cherished stories.

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Thirteen witty and wacky poems pose riddles that challenge readers to "Name That Book." With a glass slipper here and a spiderweb there, Lynn Munsinger's adorable illustrations lead young readers to the solutions. From Goodnight Moon to Madeline, children and parents alike will delight in recognizing their most cherished stories.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
If you do not know your children's books, you will not be able to solve these riddles. There are clues in the text usually emphasized with bold colored letters and pictures that contain a myriad of clues. For the first riddle, the words Toto and Oz are bolded in red and there is a picture showing a house being whirled in a tornado, a yellow brick road, a rainbow, red shoes, the magical city, and more. If you put it all together you know that the book in question is The Wizard of Oz. Other riddles feature characters such as Madeline, Peter Rabbit, Cinderella, Waldo, Ferdinand, Pinocchio, Rapunzel, Tacky and other books that kids have probably read or had read to them such as Goodnight Moon, The Polar Express, Charlotte's Web, and Click, Clack Moo Cows that Type. For parents who may have missed some of these books, the closing page provides all the answers. As with many riddles and rhymes, some are better done than others, but all in all this is a clever book. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Short poetic riddles are presented on spreads, each providing the clues in both text and illustrations of the plot of a well-known children's story. Two young detectives and their dog are looking at such activities as farm animals typing letters in a field (Click, Clack, Moo), a train running along snowy railway tracks (The Polar Express), or a pumpkin coach careening along as it's drawn by a bunch of rats (Cinderella). There should be little problem coming up with the answers; in fact, many youngsters should be able to solve the riddles through the illustrations alone. The poems are presented in different layouts and are of different lengths, preventing a formulaic feel. Describing Charlotte's Web ("A magical telling,/a pig for the selling,/a spider is spelling/out words that amaze") looks much different from the clues for Rapunzel ("Her hair's the stairs"). This book is perfect for an interactive read-aloud, especially if the illustrations are held back until after the text has been read. Pair it with other book-, library-, or school-related poetry such as Lewis's Please Bury Me in the Library (Houghton, 2005) and Carol Diggory Shields's Lunch Money and Other Poems About School (Dutton, 1995).—Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City
From the Publisher
BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS
"Use this individually or collectively to spice up a readaloud, or just let kids revel in their pride in their own reading history."

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"This book is perfect for an interactive read-aloud, especially if the illustrations are held back until after the text has been read."

LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION
This book provides teachers and librarians an excellent opportunity to introduce today's children to these delightful works.

HORN BOOK MAGAZINE
"Lots of fun as a story hour entree, and kids might enjoy making up some more of their own."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452123837
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
10/26/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
36
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

J. Patrick Lewis is the award-winning author of more than 60 books for young people. He lives in Ohio.
Lynn Munsinger is the popular illustrator of dozens of children's books. She lives in Vermont and Connecticut.

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