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Wordplay: TOON Level 1 (Toon Books) Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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"An amusing language arts lesson in a comic book format, perfect for individual or small group sharing. What's not to love?" - School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
"Brunetti's use of simple, sequential cartoons turns this basic exercise into a brief, but delightful story." - Thew New York Times
"An amusing language arts lesson in a comic book format, perfect for individual or small group sharing. What's not to love?" - Publishers Weekly
"This playful graphic novel for early readers offers an entertaining lesson in some quirks of the English language." - Booklist
"A Sly Spin on Vocabulary. Have you ever seen a home work? A dog with a watch? You will with this funny introduction to compound words." - Learning Magazine
"The grammar lesson takes full advantage of the illustrated format by showing, for example, what a kid might imagine when hearing 'housework', with a house dusting. As the students think of more compound words, we?re shown multiple levels of language meaning. That also explains the terrific title." - Comics Worth Reading
"[Our five-year-old] loves the goofy illustrations of a bed with legs walking (sleepwalk), but the payoff comes when we ask him to expound on some examples. He?ll rattle off a series of other compound words that are not featured in the book...The illustrations by Ivan Brunetti also make the book very enjoyable for young readers. It's retro, but has an entirely modern feel that children will identify with and want to read over and over." - Daddy Mojo
"This book is a welcome and entertaining addition to the usual dry readers on compound words." - Youth Services Book Review
"This is a clever and humorous way to introduce a rich vocabulary of compound words to young readers." - Mile High Books
"Brunetti buoyantly conveys the joy of diving into newly acquired knowledge and the idea that learning and play aren't mutually exclusive." - AmoXcalli: Fred Patten Reviews?
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The father character seems a bit reactive during the dinner scene but thankfully Brunetti uses his craft for a smooth resolve.
Great for teaching kids about compound words.
The grammar lesson takes full advantage of the illustrated format by showing, for example, what a kid might imagine when hearing “housework”, with a house dusting. As the students think of more compound words, we’re shown multiple levels of language meaning. That also explains the terrific title.
I did wonder about the inclusion of old-fashioned, gender-role-based words like “mailman” and “milkmaid” that kids are either unlikely to hear or society’s moving away from. The later “handyman” seemed a much better choice.
Other than that, Wordplay was a cute way to learn about a certain type of language, with plenty of creative words and images to inspire imagination and learning. (The publisher provided a review copy. Review originally posted at ComicsWorthReading.com.)