Before reading, have a look at the cover.
- What do you notice?
- Who is the author?
- Who is the illustrator?
- What do you think the book will be about? (Making predictions)
- Does the cover remind you of anything? (Making connections)
During reading, stop only a few times (and maybe not at all on the first read).
Using the visual clues, what are Messy Jessy’s favourite type of muffins?
On this page, the author, Jayne Peters, would like to change a word. What do you think that word is? (fish) What word does she wish she’d used? (mermaid)
After reading, here are a variety of questions you can discuss with your students.
- How does Messy Jessy feel about herself?
- What is the book really about?
- What does grub mean?
- Are there any parts of the story that sound like you? How? (Making connections)
- What is your favourite part of the story?
- If you could ask the author a question, what would it be?
You can spend some time looking at rhyming words and the rhyming pattern in the story.
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