The Missing Donut (Big Words Small Stories Series)

The Missing Donut (Big Words Small Stories Series)


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Here's a collection of short stories with a twist. The five stories all feature the misadventures of a boy named Cris, who 'likes things all in a row,' and his cat, Crat, who 'likes to mix things up.' Running within each of these lighthearted stories is another story, this one about the Sprinkle Fairy, owner of a word factory in Sicily, 'where the best words in the world come from.' The Sprinkle Fairy has a team of helpers, called the Sprinklers, who have slipped one of her big words (like, discombobulated) into each of the small stories. Luckily, the Sprinklers provide warnings right before the big words appear ('Big word coming!') and include their pronunciations and meanings afterward. Then, a bonus story at the end — 'A Small Play on Big Words' — uses all the big words together.

Judith Henderson has created an innovative approach to an early reader that involves children in simple, fun-to-read stories, while using a clever, playful device to enrich their vocabularies at the same time. The quirky stories are funny, with storylines that build on each other. The appealing blend of deadpan and slapstick humor in the text is paired with multiple spot illustrations by T. L. McBeth on every page. The tone and accessibility are pitch-perfect for emerging readers. This title is part of a three-book series — each book with its own character duo, but all starring the Sprinkle Fairy and her Sprinklers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771387880
Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Series: Big Words Small Stories Series
Pages: 56
Sales rank: 457,063
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Judith Henderson is an Emmy Award-winning children's TV composer and producer. The Missing Donut is her first children's book. Judith lives in Montreal, Quebec.

T. L. MCBETH is the illustrator of Stegothesaurus and the Big Words Small Stories series. His work has been displayed at the Society of Illustrators. He lives in New York City.

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The Missing Donut (Big Words Small Stories Series) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
SuzannaY More than 1 year ago
This was a Christmas gift for my daughter. She loves it. And so do I! Very smart way to learn new words.
SuzannaY More than 1 year ago
Got this as a gift. This is such a fun book. I got another for a birthday present. What a fun way to learn big words for kids.
SiennaO More than 1 year ago
This is a really original book and teaches words to kids in a very creative way. There are 5 short stories and each one has a big word in it. The Sprinklers are adorable and my daughter is already using the word BAMBOOZLE. She's only 4.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific book. The drawings are light and funny and the stories are too. It's easy to read, and the words my son learned, are pretty funny too. Like bamboozle and discombobulated. Highly recommend.
zmiler More than 1 year ago
Bought this for my 6 year old daughter and she absolutely loved the stories.There are five of them with an extra add-on one at the end that uses all the words together, Her favourite was smithereens - which came out as "smidereens". It has a chapter book feel, but for young kids. The little Sprinklers are adorable. It has a really original approach I find. It's now a favorite.
Mariangz More than 1 year ago
We enjoyed this book very much. Although it is not one story about the Missing Donut, the first story is, but there are many stories in it. The stories are cute and teach kids Big Words, his to pronounce them and what they mean in an entertaining way. We really enjoyed the illustrations. The only negative I could find is that the stories don’t really have a good ending, they just seem to stop, after something maybe bad has happened and there are no consequences to the bad actions. For example, in one of the stories Crat (the crafty cat) wrecks his owner’s bike, the owner says Crat must fix it, the story stops there. Then another example, Crat break an “art” piece at the museum that he replaces for a balloon and they run away when someone finds out. Other than that, the book is really entertaining and kids get to learn new Big Words in a fun way.
literarymadness More than 1 year ago
I LOVE the idea of the book but the execution could have been better. The "big" words chosen were okay, I liked the use of "purloined" but "discombobulated" and "bamboozled" seemed forced. A lot of the writing sounds forced. Instead of creating a natural story and adding a large word, it seemed the word was chosen first and then the story written. The dialogue between Cris and Crat (stupid names) is the same drivel that can be found in any cut rate cartoon. I wanted to like this book because I am a lover of big words, but the final product was a disappointment.