Eaton, M. (2012). The flying beaver brothers and the evil penguin plan. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
Genre: Graphic Novel
Age Level: 6 – 9 years
Grade Level: 1st-4th grade
1. What do you think will happen in the book based on the cover and title?
2. Is there something special about this type of book? (hinting at color choice and layout).
Craft: A great craft for this book would be to draw your own cartoon using one color scheme, but with varying shades of the color. This would help the students relate to the novel better because of their familiarity with graphic novels.
This book raises the issue of global warming and how it can affect animals. It shows both sides of the situation very subtly. The author did a great job of bringing it up during the book when the “evil” penguins are trying to make a frozen paradise with an advertisement that says “It’s like the ice never melted!”. It shows that although the penguins were originally “evil”, they were just trying to rebuild their home.
This graphic novel was adorable. It’s engaging and keeps children’s interests very easily. The fast pace of the story line and the comedy used makes people want to keep reading! The illustrations had just enough detail without being overwhelming; I think the consistent color scheme helped with that, too! The comedy is intriguing and makes you think while you’re reading it. Fonts and special characters make the book more interesting to read. You can tell when the words are stressed and how the characters are saying them based on how they’re written. This book is also a part of a series that has books with a color scheme! It’s something I’ve never seen done before.
Questions: Where does this story take place? Who are the main characters? Why are the penguins evil?
Activity: Create a comic using vocabulary regarding global warming by using 1 color scheme and personal stories.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)
Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series)