In Rats, Bats, and Black Puddings the reader follows Small Cat who is frustrated by her size, so she asks Black Bull how to grow bigger, with interesting results. Features of the Book – The humour in the text, especially the sayings of Small Cat. – The use of large type for expression and characters’ names. – The range of punctuation – ellipses, question marks, exclamation marks, and quotation marks. – The adjectives – “big”, “little”, “small”, “quick”, and “clever”. – The character list. – Repetition as a support for the reader. – The use of parentheses and/or italics for stage directions. Purpose Rats, Bats, and Black Puddings can be used in a guided reading setting to introduce and reinforce the following skills and strategies: -understanding the punctuation cues and their meanings; -discussing the organisational structure of the text; -identifying the plot and characters within the story; -writing a recount of the story using own words.
Themes covered in this book are: Animals Birds and Insects, Humour
Reading Level:19-20 (Purple)
Guided Reading Level20
GenreFolk tale/Traditional | Play
Theme/TopicAnimals | Birds and Insects | celebrations
Strategy/SkillsFluency | Summarising | Text structure
Dimensions165 x 145