In Ask Einstein, Henry is writing to his teacher Miss Wilson to explain why he hasn’t done his homework. The letter introduces the family’s crazy cat Einstein and goes on to describe a series of disasters that Henry hopes will explain his missing homework. Features of the Book – A personal recount in letter form, – The tall tale genre, – Exaggerated illustrations for effect, – The use of caricature, – Text features – footnote, labels, speech bubbles, text in illustrations, – The use of puns – He seems to be over his attack of the blues, – The joke in calling the cat Einstein, Purpose Ask Einstein! can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills: – expressing and supporting a response to a text, – using illustrations as a source of information, – describing the features of humorous writing, – reading aloud with attention to phrasing and punctuation, – predicting probable actions and outcomes.
Themes covered in this book are: Humour, Pets, Relationships
Reading Level:25-26 (Emerald)
Guided Reading Level25
Theme/TopicHumour | Pets | Relationships
Strategy/SkillsDrawing conclusions | Fluency | Making predictions | Using graphic sources