“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem. Written by Mac Barnett Illustrated by Adam Rex. Hyperion Books c. 2009, 48pp.
Synopsis: Billy’s mom his forever telling him if he doesn’t do what she asks she’s going to buy him a blue whale. Billy isn’t worried because he knows it would be impossible to have a blue whale delivered to the house. The next morning Billy finds a blue whale outside his door and has to deal with the hassles of taking care of it, but he discovers one great feature: the inside of his whale’s mouth (a great hideaway!).
Reading Level: 550L
Rationale for Use in the Classroom: This book would appeal to many children because of the humor surrounding Billy taking care of a blue whale. It has clear story elements so it could be used to teach those as well.
CCSS Connection: RL2.7: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot and RL1.3: Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.