Sunday, February 27, 2011

Dav Pilkey

The following conversation takes place weekly:

Student: Can you help me find Captain Underpants # 9, Super Diaper Baby # 2, and Ricky Ricotta #8?

Mr. Schu: I am sorry, but they are not out yet.

Student: But it says "COMING SOON" in the back of the books. Let me show you.

COMING SOON (for a long time)

Mr. Schu: Yes, I know. Let's look at Dav Pilkey's website. (We explore Dav's website and, after much persuading, the student finally believes me.)

Student: Will you please let me know when the books arrive?

Mr. Schu: You bet!

You can imagine the squeals of delight when I shared this video with Harold Hutchins and George Beard's groupies.

Visit my library between 8:00-8:30 and you'll see kids on Dav Pilkey's website. It is the most popular author site among first through third graders. Check out Dav's Groovy Games.

Scholastic's Planet Pilkey has interactive activities for Captain Underpants, Ricky Ricotta, and Ook and Gluk.

Not surprisingly, Dav Pilkey had a lot of "behavior problems" during elementary school. He spent a lot of time in the hallway.

Learn how to make a Flip-O-Rama.

Go! Poopypants Go! Poopypants

Verse 1
He had a brilliant mind---
Inventing things to help mankind.
He wanted to unfurl
His secrets to the world.
But everywhere he came
They all laughed at his name.

Go! Poopypants Go! Poopypants

Verse 2
They laughed him out of town
And tried to bring his spirits down.
But now he’s teachin’ school -
and he might just keep his cool
If they don’t drive him insane...
By laughing at his name...

Professor PP: (spoken)
“Hello boys and girls… please take your seats…
It’s time for class to begin… that’s right… very good…
Now, I’m going to be your new science teacher.
My name is Professor Pippy P. Poopypants, and I---“

HA-HA-Ha-Haw-Haw… (continues until end)

Professor PP: (shouting)
“Alright, settle down, boys and girls… that’s quite enough…
It’s not that funny, let me assure you.
Alright, I’m going to count to ten and… uh… One, two… three…
I’m not going to tell you again!
Stop it RIGHT NOW!!!
I’m going to get my revenge if it’s the last thing I do!

Go! Poopypants Go! Poopypants
Verse 3
Now the world is going to end ‘Cuz the Gerbil Jogger two thousand
Is coming to your town
To shrink ev-ery-one down ---and if we don’t change our names
We’ll never be the same…
‘Cuz Professor Poopypants
Will shrink us all like ants
Without Captain Underpants
We haven’t got a chance!

Go! Poopypants Go! Poopypants

Lyrics retrieved from here.

I have students who have read The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future at least four times.

Use Scholastic's "Dav Pilkey Author Study" to plan your own Pilkey author study.

Anita Silvey honored Captain Underpants on Run it up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes it Day.

Borrow Dav Pilkey's books from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thank you, Anderson's Bookshop! The Best Place in the World.

We can thank Sarah Hale for saving Thanksgiving and Anderson's Bookshop for connecting readers with authors. Thanks to Anderson's I've met Henry Cole, Maryrose Wood, Mo Willems, Peter Brown, Sharon Creech, Dan Gutman, Doreen Cronin, Andrew Clements, Brian Selznick, and on and on.

This past weekend, Anderson's held its 9th Annual Children's Literature Breakfast. It is an opportunity to meet featured authors and dozens of local authors. Thank you, Anderson's Bookshop, for hosting events that inspire me--thereby inspiring my students.

Yes, "Weird Al" wrote a children's book.

"Weird Al" is a huge fan of Shel Silverstein's work.

Writing a children's book has been on Al's mind for quite a few years.

Becky Anderson, co-owner of Anderson's Bookshop, interviews "Weird Al."

Tim Green's books are full of action and suspense.

Tim Green has always been an avid reader.

Available on 3/22/11

Kathryn Lasky reads an excerpt from the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series.

"5 Questions with Kathryn Lasky"

Take a tour of Ms. Lasky's study.

Silk and Venom was released on Tuesday.

Would Ike LaRue make a good road trip mascot? (Larue Across America hits shelves on 3/1/11)

"Encourage kids to follow their heart and to go with what they love." -Mark Teague

Trent Reedy and his editor discuss Words in the Dust.

"5 Questions with Trent Reedy."

Monday, February 21, 2011

Cat Secrets

This cat has an important message for you. Press the play button.

Are you a human or a cat?

Question: How do I pronounce this man's name?
Answer: Jef Czekaj (check-eye)

Caution: This book trailer is rated Funky Fresh and contains dope rhymes and beats.

The children of Forest Lake Elementary School use humor to show how the United States Constitution came to be.

Warm up your vocal cords! It's time to sing!

What if the alphabet was wrong?

Download a Quest to Digest activity guide and a United or Die Reader's Theater.

Does your cat want to read Cat Secrets? Borrow it from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.