Word Play

Who is snooping on Mr. Putney?  A SPYENA

Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog by Jon Agee is my latest discovery from the local library.

The cartoonish illustrations, coupled with questions and quirky animal answers, definitely capture the reader’s attention to keep turning the page. 

For teachers:  This would be a great read-aloud for a writing session.  After reading, brainstorm MORE quirky animal ideas.  Then let your students create!  Allow them time to create and color their own animal along with a question/answer using the Mr. Putney story as the class pattern.  Compile the pages and you have created a class book your students are sure to keep reading! 

Another thought:  Instead of Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog, use YOUR name–Before using this assignment create YOUR OWN animal with a question and answer, to use for the title.

What a wonderful way to show kids the fun of WORDPLAY.  As a word lover, this book made my toes tingle!

I’m inspired to experiment with some new word ideas on my own.  Instead of animals, I could  manipulate the names of PLACESHmmm. . .I think Mr. Putney is about to pack his bags and take a little vacation.


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