Selfies in the Wild by C. L. Murphy


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Selfies in the Wild
Author: C. L. Murphy
Published: August 1, 2016 by Peanut Butter Prose

Goodreads Summary: Lobo and his sidekick raven find a trail camera in their neck of the woods, and it attracts the attention of forest friends. Images captured have never been sillier or more candid. Just as their wild dispositions are exposed, the photo shoot comes to an unexpected end and they’re all left wondering why. The reason may be obvious.

My Review: This book was so much fun to read! I loved the hysterical faces of each of the animals in the wild, and I think it would be a fantastic book to read to toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners, in particular. Each of the animals is trying to make a great impression on the camera, and their facial expressions made me giggle. I particularly enjoyed the end of the book—the author shares her own camera’s version of selfies in the wild—where she captured real animals.

Teachers’ Tools for Navigation: It would be so much fun for teachers to try to recreate this book with the students making the funny faces. They could bind their own version of the book and compare it with this one. There are a few researchers who have left cameras in the wild, and the animals have reacted in hysterical ways. It would be great for the teacher and students to explore these real-life images together. Downloadable Activity Kit

Discussion Questions: How does the author add humor to the book?; How does the text evolve in a way that engages readers?; How are the pages structured? How does this make it feel realistic?; Which animal is your favorite? Why?

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Read This If You Loved: Other Books in the Adventures of Lovable Lobo series, Whose Story is This, Anyway? by Mike Flaherty; the Pete the Cat series (by Eric Litwin and James Dean); Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

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