Nonfiction Monday: Show Off by Sarah Hines Stephens & Bethany Mann
A Step-by-Step Review
Step 1 – Get your hands on this book.
You might check it out from a library, you might find it in a book store, maybe you see it at a friend’s house – no matter the avenue, you should take a look.
Step 2 – Find out what’s inside.
Open it up, check out the table of contents. Highly visual step-by-step guides to more activities than you can shake a stick at. Contemplating a fake tatoo? Page 114. Considering boogie boarding? You’re covered. You’ll likely find a whole new batch of thing you want to try.
Step 3 – Learn how to use it.
Since words are at a minimum, symbols, images, and icons do much of the talking. Show Off begins with a guide to describe how to make sense of it all.
Step 4 – Examine the illustrations.
The artwork is bright and modern. Page layouts are varied, adding visual interest. They clearly show, so fewer words are needed to tell.
Step 5 – Dive in.
Broken into broad sections with titles like Amaze, Create, and Explore, there is plenty to learn. The difficulty level of the activities coveredÂ – from the simplicity of shadow puppets to the more advanced “cereal box speakers”, is nicely varied.
Step 7 – Burn the receipt (if purchased).
You ain’t gonna need it. Add to your collection and alert reluctant readers accordingly.
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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