Just Me and 6,000 Rats A Tale of Conjunctions by Rick Walton; illustrated by Mike and Carl Gordon
In Just Me and 6,000 Rats,
young boy and his 6,000 pet rats
spend a day touring the big city and, as you would imagine, they cause
great deal of
chaos. Wherever they go, the people run off in fright, yet the little
boy remains oblivious to the reason, always assuming they were making
room for them or were just in a hurry to head off somewhere else. The
giant parade of rats is both cute and a bit gross (depending on your
view of rats, I suppose). Kids will most likely just find it hilarious.
Subtitled "A Tale of Conjunctions", Walton works sixteen
different conjunctions into the storyline, connecting each new location
on their city tour with a different conjunction. For example, the
spread shown above ends with "At the top I could see the entire city.
But the rats had trouble seeing though the windows UNTIL..."
Then, the subsequent page finishes the sentence. (See the
spread below for another example). In each
instance, the conjuction is written in capital letters to help it stand
out from the surrounding text. This title definitely does NOT
teach what a conjunction is, but could be a fun book to read to your
class to reinforce a previously taught lesson on conjunctions.
are two spreads of the book, showing the young boy and his
pet rats as they tour the city. As you can see, the text
ends with a cliff-hanging conjunction that is printed in all capitals.
This is the format for all of the spreads in the book.
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