“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Delia’s Dull Day. Written and Illustrated by Andy Myer. Sleeping Bear Press c. 2012, 32pp.
Reading Level: 470 L
Synopsis: In this engaging picture book, the main character explains how boring the various parts of her day are. While she explains how boring and uninteresting the bus, lunch, and band are, the illustrations show that she isn’t noticing incredible things happening around her, including tightrope walkers, a pirate on her bus, and a scuba diver in the toilet. At the end the girl finally notices a butterfly, but misses a dinosaur walking behind her.
Rationale for Use: This lighthearted book would be a good read aloud text in lower grades. It is a quick read and would be a great way to discuss the importance of illustrations, and how the illustrations in a book can be just as essential to the story as the words themselves.
Common Core Connection: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.7 With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).