Never Take a Shark to the Dentist (and other things not to do) by Judi Barrett



Never Take a Shark to the Dentist (and other things not to do)
Author: Judi Barrett
Illustrator: John Nickle
Published March 4th, 2008 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary: There are many things you should never, ever, ever do. Like sit next to a porcupine on the subway (ouch!). Or hold hands with a lobster (double ouch!). Or take a shark to the dentist (triple ouch!).

Bestselling author JUDI BARRETT and imaginative illustrator JOHN NICKLE give us a raucous look at the perils of taking giraffes to the movies, goats to the library, and pigs out to lunch…and other such silly stuff.

My Review and Teachers’ Tools for Navigation: The combination of Judi Barrett’s humorous DO NOTs and John Nickle’s fantastic illustrations, this book just cracked me up! It is not only a perfect read aloud to suck students in, it is definitely a book that can be used in the classroom. First, each instance has something not to do (Never take a shark to the dentist) with cartoony illustrations, but doesn’t elaborate after that. What would happen? Why wouldn’t you ____? A great cause and effect discussion. These little DO NOTs would also be perfect prompts to get students writing. It can be a prompt for a humorous narrative or for an expository essay about why not do to do these things.

Discussion Questions: What would happen next? Why wouldn’t you ____? What would cause you to need to ____?

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Read This Book If You Loved: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett, This Is Not My Hat & I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, Press Here by Herve Tullet, Battle Bunny by Jon Sciezska, The Book of Bad Ideas by Laura Huliska-Beith

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