A Creative "Seaweed Salad":
That's a Crazy Place to Place
a News Reporter, Isn't It?
Overview of this Notebook Prompt:
If you look back near my teacher desk, you will see a framed picture with a goofy picture in it. This was a gift to me from an author-friend of mine--Barry Lane, who wrote a book that I and your fellow teachers use a lot: 51 Wacky We-Search Reports. The picture is a cartoon of a dolphin in a suit anchoring the "Dolphin News Tonight" with an ocean background. If you look closely at the book cover at left, you will see that same picture on the bottom-center cover. I proudly own the original drawing that is featured on this book's cover!
One of Barry's assignments in that great book is called "Wacky Newscasts," and it asks a writer to suppose that other creatures (like dolphins) hosted their own news broadcasts. It's a funny, wacky idea. It can make a thoughtful, funny piece of writing too. Can you image, for example, what stories would be broadcast on the Amoeba Nightly News?
I was also charmed by a book by one of my favorite picture book authors--Margie Palatini--who wrote the book at right titled Tub-boo-boo. It's contains one of those bad-situations-that-gets-worse-as-more-people-try-to-help stories as it conveys the story of a young boy whose toe embarrassingly becomes stuck in the bathtub spigot. My favorite element of the story is that it's introduced by the unlucky boy's older sister, who pretends she's a news reporter standing on the family's front lawn explaining what developing news is going on inside the home. It's very clever.