In Harry Houdini – Wonderdog, Joe convinces his father to save a dog from death row at the local pound, everything changes for the family. Joe calls his new pet Harry Houdini after the famous magician and escape artist. Harry is nothing to look at, and his habits leave a lot to be desired, but Joe loves Harry. However, Joe’s mum and dad and his sister Lizzie all want to send Harry back to the dog pound. Features of the Book – Different text forms – narrative list, – The humour of the author’s descriptions, – Illustrations that complement the text, – The narrator’s use of parentheses to give the reader extra information, – Ellipse,s italics, and capital letters for effect, – The text in the illustrations, Purpose Harry Houdini – Wonderdog can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills: – drawing on students’ prior knowledge, – predicting possible outcomes, – writing persuasive text, – looking at the story’s structure, – exploring characters’ attitudes and actions.
Themes covered in this book are: Humour, Pets, Family
Reading Level:27-28 (Ruby)
Guided Reading Level27
GenreGeneral Narrative | Tale tale
Theme/TopicFamily | Humour | Pets
Strategy/SkillsMaking predictions | Prior knowledge | Text structure