Tuesday, February 22, 2011

That's Not Funny!

When the table's turned, things might not look so funny!

Willis, Jeanne.
That's Not Funny!
August 2010.
Lerner Publishing Group.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

The hyena, an animal known for his laugh, decides to play a practical joke on giraffe, but once things get started, they quickly spiral out of control. Who knew a banana peel, intended to trip up Giraffe could have an effect on Hippo, Snake, Ostrich, Rhino, Turtle, Vulture, Zebra, Cheetah, Wildebeest, and Elephant before getting even with Cheetah himself for all the laughter and "funnies" that Cheetah found from the misfortunes suffered by all the other animals. As I've always been told, "Paybacks are a b*$#%!" and Cheetah quickly learns that lesson when the tables are turned on him!

This is a wonderful book to help teach young children to not find the misfortunes of others funny, for you never know when you might be on the receiving end! I've experienced my share of laughter in my Head Start classroom when one child trips or falls (or something to that effect) and others laugh at them... The title alone is enough to teach children to use their words rather than retaliate with actions when they aren't finding someone else's actions funny! I'm definitely going to put this in my bag for reading upon return to school after mid-winter break!

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