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Author: Tallec, Olivier
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year Published: 2015
ISBN: 978-1452141985
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Kindergarten

Who Done It

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Tallec has created a puzzle game, inquiry book and social story all rolled into one. On the top of each page of this sideways book is the only text on the spread – a question starting with Who.  Underneath there are nine to ten characters, some human, some animal, who are lined up, police style, on a white background. While some of the characters look like they are lined up to find a culprit, many are doing their own thing; playing ball, holding stuffies or skateboards. The reader’s task is to use the expressions and the subtle clues to identify the culprit. The first spread asks “Who has eaten all the jam?” It is not until you look closely that you see that one character, a blue bear-like creature, has red stains all over his fur.  Or wait…could it be the bunny who looks slightly nauseous, or perhaps the boy who is sitting on a bench with a huge smile on his face? While some answers are obvious, others take some doing to find the information. Tallec’s painted characters, are gently reminiscent of Schultz’s Peanuts characters, softly painted and endearing. Consider using it to build inferencing skills or as social stories for students who struggle with understanding nuances of expression, or just for fun.

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