Ed and Ted and Ted's Dog Fred
“You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack”
-- Talking Heads, “Once in a Lifetime”
A zillion years ago, when I learned to read, this is what I was required
to read: “Find Janet, Tip. Find Janet. Janet is not here. Come Janet.
Come home. Come with me. No. No Tip. Go home. Go home Tip.”
Today things are really looking up for newbie readers!
“They hit the water and sank like lead. Poor Ed and Ted and Ted’s dog,
Fred! They were almost dead...when they were swallowed by a whale called
Ned. ‘Bother!’ said Ed, ‘Bother!’ said Ted. ‘Woof!” said Fred as they
bobbed around in the belly of Ned. But the whale called Ned--who was
overfed--blew Ed and Ted and Fred out of the hole on the top of his head.”
ED AND TED AND TED’S DOG FRED is filled with textual action and
illustrative hijinx and words that end with “ed.” It’s really funny and
difficult to read aloud with a straight face. For children learning to extract
meaning from written symbols, there are exciting payoffs in this book about two
guys and a dog who cohabitate in a shack and who occasionally go plummeting
over cliffs and saving themselves with a handkerchief parachute.
32 pages 978-1-250-04448-8 Ages 4-8
Recommended by: Richie Partington, MLIS, California USA
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