A Week's Worth of Our Favorite Dog Books
Chewy Louie and some Chewy Louie Paper Bag Puppets
Can you believe today is the 100th book on Adventures in Reading with Kids? Time is flying! Only 266 more days to go! Oh boy!
Of course, I had to pick a special book for this special occasion and that special book is Chewy Louie!
Chewy Louie by Howard Schneider is honestly one of my favorite books that I have ever read with my kids. I knew I was saving it for a special occasion and our 100th book was the right time! I picked the book Chewy Louie from the library after reading The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. The Read Aloud Handbook is a fantastic parenting read that I highly recommend! It has a wonderful list of books that are "must reads" for families.
Chewy Louie is about a boy's brand new puppy. When they bring the puppy home he eats everything! He eats food, toys, and furniture. Mom worries, but Dad says, "He's just a puppy." Chewy Louie doesn't stop and nothing seems to help! By the end of the book you are sure that they will have to get rid of Chewy Louie, but Louie starts to change! "He is not a puppy anymore." My boys really like the last page of the book with a bite taken out of it! If you have ever had a puppy, I promise you will be able to relate to this story!
Since Chewy Louie loves to chew things it seemed like the right time to try out a paper bag puppet. My three year old had never made one so when he had finished he couldn't wait to put on a show!
Before the boys started, I cut out some shapes for the ears, body, face, eyes, teeth, and nose. I also got a couple of crayons, glue, and a paper bag together for each of the boys.
First, the boys colored the body, face, and ears to make their Chewy Louie puppet look hairy.
They also colored the noses and eyes. My three year old wanted one red eye and one blue eye.
We glued the face on and put the teeth on the back of Chewy Louie's head. We glued everything to the paper bag.
Ta da! A Chewy Louie puppet! Can you tell he loves it?
Oh no! He ate our book!
He also ate the table just like in the book!
The boys ran downstairs to do a puppet show that was "very true to the book." My kindergartner narrated and even used the word "horrified" to describe how the mom was feeling!
I always like to be honest on here, so I will tell you that the boys were not thrilled to have to sit down for 15 minutes out of the day to make a puppet, but once they started they didn't mind at all. Although I asked them to make the puppet, I did not ask them to put on a puppet show! I am glad that they did because it was very entertaining. The video we have will be something we can watch and laugh at for a long time.
Sometimes a little persuasion to get the boys to do something can result in even more fun than I expected!
If you haven't been following our week of dog books, here is a list of the links to all of our dog posts! Check back this week when we will be announcing our first giveaway to celebrate 100 days of books and blogging!