By now, you all know that I am a fan of books that make me laugh. This one made me cackle! Seriously…there’s nothing serious about it! I almost laughed my head off…but I learned from this book that it’s probably not a good idea to laugh your head off…or lose your brain as Bobby Bramble did. So without further adieu, and without any more bad jokes…I present:
Written by Dave Keane
Illustrated by David Clark
Publisher: Clarion Books 2009
Themes: Humor, Problem Solving
Synopsis: (from Amazon) Bobby Bramble has a thirst for adventure, a taste for danger, and energy to spare. But no one in his family seems to appreciate these traits. Instead, they worry that he’ll fall and crack his skull open—and one day that’s exactly what happens. To make matters worse, Bobby’s brain decides to take off, as if it had a mind of its own. What follows is the madcap pursuit—and recapture—of the elusive gray matter and the successful reunion of brain and brawn. A hilarious cautionary tale full of mayhem—and wordplay.
Some Choice Lines:
“You’re really going to need your brain, Bobby,” warned his little sister, Bonnie, “because you’re not very pretty.”
“Officer Ryan? This is Barbara Bramble. I’d like to file a missing brain report. Yes, it’s a runaway. Oh, I imagine it’s gray and about seven inches tall. But apparently my son has a very quick mind, because nobody got a good look at it!”
“Barbara? Hi, it’s Lorraine from down the street. Did you son finally lose his mind? I could swear I just saw it wandering around my petunias.”
“He’s as dumb as an onion, Dad, ” said Bonnie.
Resources: I did not find any resources for this book. Here is a great activity that Beth Stillborn suggested: One potential activity, based on the snippets of text you’ve given, might be to talk about figures of speech, and how they can mean something very different to their literal meaning. Lost his mind? A very quick mind? What others could kids come up with (not just about brains).
I have an idea, too. While studying the organs of the body, this could go along with facts about the brain. In the book, there is a line that says, “Oh, I imagine it’s gray and about seven inches tall.” The class could talk about actual size and color, and depending on the age level, they could go into more detail.
Oh! Just thought of a couple for writing activities.Where are three places your brain would go if it ran away? If your brain ran away, what would tempt it to come back home?
Why I Like This Book: It’s funny from beginning to end. It is the sort of story that will entertain adult and child readers, alike. David Clark’s cartoon-like illustrations add a hilarious, comical element. He nails the expressions of the characters throughout the book. The silliness in this story is contagious, which will make it a repeat read-aloud for the family or for a classroom. It’s hard to pick a favorite part from a book this entertaining, but if I had to, it would be Grandpa setting brain traps by using flash cards as bait! Totally cracked me up!
Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book Friday on her blog. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, and mainly just perfect for those who love to read picture books. Here is a list of books by category. This is very handy for finding books for lessons in the classroom, or for finding books on a particular topic to discuss with your children at home. Each book listed has a link to a review and information about that book. There is also an alphabetical list if you scroll down past the category list.