by Angie Quantrell @AngieQuantrell
The Perfect Dog
By Kevin O’Malley
(Crown Books for Young Readers, 2016)
Her parents have finally said she could get a dog. The perfect dog.
But what makes a perfect dog? Big, bigger, biggest? Maybe or maybe not.
Humorously written and brightly illustrated, The Perfect Dog shares the tale of a young girl who is searching for the perfect dog companion. All goes well, until a dog chooses her.
I enjoyed this funny book and the comparative language used to tell the tale. Readers will laugh and begin to predict before the story is told.
Compare Your Toys
Materials: variety of toys, at least 3 different sizes of each type (3 dogs, 3 cars, 3 blocks, and so on)
Can you line up your toys by comparing them to each other?
Get 3 dogs. Put them in order of big, bigger, and biggest. Or maybe they are small, smaller, and smallest!
How about 3 blocks? Tall, taller, tallest? Or long, longer, longest?
Do you have 3 dolls? Tiny, tinier, tiniest?
3 instruments? Loud, louder, loudest? Quiet, quieter, quietest?
There are all sorts of ways to compare objects! See how many different words you can use to show comparisons. I’d love to hear your favorite!