Expect the Unexpected

These books engage listeners with silly questions and even sillier answers. Not only are they hysterical, but they are also an exercise in creative thinking. They make great read-alouds for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders.

Apples and Oranges: Going Bananas with Pairs Sara Pinto

I love this book because it challenges readers to find commonalities in seemingly dissimilar objects, and then surprises with wacky answers that are completely true, yet impossible to guess.

Guess Again! Mac Barnett

This book presents a series of quatrain poems. The last word in each poem, which listeners must guess using visual and aural clues, is revealed with a turn of the page. However, as this book shows, things aren’t always what they seem.

Things That Are Most in the World Judi Barrett

This imaginative book presents creative and silly superlatives. For example, “The wiggliest thing in the world is a snake on ice skates”. As a reader, it is fun to ask listeners what they think is the “most” in the world before revealing the pictures in the book.

–Brian Novak


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