Title: Persuading Miss Doover
Author: Robin Pulver | Illustrator: Stephanie Roth Sisson
Publisher: Holiday House | Published: December 24, 2018
Theme: School and Writing Skills
Character Origin: Human
Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 32
Ages: 6-9 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure: 540L
Two prankster best friends try to convince their teacher to let them sit together by writing a persuasive essay in this picture book filled with laughter and helpful writing tips.
Samir and Jack are in the doghouse after an incident involving a whoopee cushion and an unflattering drawing of the principal. When Miss Doover changes their seats, they decide to write a persuasive essay as a way to convince her to reunite them!
As the boys make their best case, Miss Doover walks them through the essay process, insisting on several of her famous do-overs (also known as revisions) and cautioning them to avoid incorrect grammar, hyperbole, and exaggeration. They eventually get the hang of persuasive writing, but not before some laugh-out-loud attempts.
My overall thoughts…
Let me say that as a homeschooling mom, this is an excellent book to reinforce or introduce writing principles. I know that educators will appreciate this creative resource. I love that Miss Doover found an innovative way of teaching her class a lesson in writing. These are the types of books that I love most–those slyly imparting a useful lesson. This strategy teaches the student without them even knowing it. Brilliantly done!
The illustrations and text…
I believe that Sisson’s illustrations were drawn digitally. The drawings are reminiscent of older picture books, but I liked it. The overall color palette was warm and earthy. I thought it was cool that Pulver wrote the book like a comic. This technique connects well with kids. It also prepares them for books that aren’t written in traditional prose. The font size and type was easy to read. Pulver does a great job of elucidating the writing process to an elementary level. I’m sure that kids will find this as enjoyable as I did. Persuading Miss Doover is a great teaching tool to introduce kids to persuasive writing.
It’s never too early to introduce writing to your students. It is a tool that will serve them well in their academic career. Having books that can be a companion to what your student is learning is always a welcome asset in the classroom. Your students will thank you for it!
I’ll give it…