Taco the squirrel is really excited to be in a book that is going to teach you all about squirrels! That is...until he finds out he's supposed to be eating tree bark rather than tacos. Yuck! And...wait, what's that about predators? Okay, this story needs some editing, fast!
Alternating between nonfiction text and cheeky (pun intended) commentary, readers will both learn and laugh as they follow Taco to the conclusion that, if you want good things in your story, then you need to take charge of it! A perfect extension, of course, would be to offer students a story that does not seem to be going well, then let them take control of it - either individually or as a class project. Hmm, I happen to have some 5th graders coming for a field trip soon...
***This book has been nominated for a Cybils award. I am but one of several judges in this category, and my opinions should not be assumed to mean inclusion or exclusion from the final shortlist!