Duck Lake Primary School has only eleven students so it’s a problem choosing the best runner to represent the school in The Big Race. Trevor is picked because he has the longest legs in the school – but can he run?
Features of the Book – Tall tale genre – an unlikely story, – Speech and thought bubbles, – Changes in typeface in the illustrations, – The map of the race, – The humour in the text and illustrations, – Similes – as strong as an ox; legs like an antelope; a body like a beanpole, – The information in the illustrations, – The growing sense of exaggeration, – The use of descriptive language – a fate worse than death; butterflies in my stomach, Purpose The Big Race can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills: – recognising the first person point of view, – using graphic sources of information, – predicting probable outcomes, – identifying the use of figurative language such as similes, – comparing texts on similar themes in different genres.
Themes covered in this book are: Challenge, Humour
Reading Level: 23-24 (Silver)
Guided Reading Level23
Theme/TopicChallenge | Humour
Strategy/SkillsAnalysing themes | Figurative language | Making predictions | Using graphic sources