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Larry Gets Lost in Los Angeles

Last updated Friday, May 11, 2012

Author: John Skewes
Illustrator: Miachael Mullin
Date of Publication: 2009
ISBN: 1570615683
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: May 2012

Synopsis: From Amazon:
In this new entry in the Larry Gets Lost series, Larry and Pete's travels take them to Los Angeles, and once again Larry gets lost! But not to worry, there's plenty to do in this new city. As he searches for Pete, Larry visits some amazing places, from wild Venice Beach to stately Beverly Hills, from exciting Disneyland to the icky La Brea Tar Pits. Eventually, the two reunite, but not before Larry-and the reader-has had a great adventure. Filled with John Skewes' candy-colored retro-inspired illustrations, Larry Gets Lost in Los Angeles offers young readers a witty dog's-eye view of the City of Angels. Sidebar entries enhance the story, offering fun factoids about the places Larry visits.

Note to readers:
•  If you can, bring in a map of LA and show where each place is in the book.

Discussion topics:
•  Have you ever been to the places on the pages? (see bottom of each page: LAX, Disneyland, Getty, etc.)
•  Have you ever gotten lost? How did you get found? What did you do while you were lost?

•  Adventure: exciting journey
•  Pristine: very clean
•  Bustling: busy
•  Peculiar: strange
•  Tremendous: great amount
•  Tram: street car
•  Reunion: seeing someone again after being apart
•  Grime: dirt
•  Telescope: instrument that makes small things look bigger
•  Appeal: something interesting
•  Fiesta: word for "party" in Spanish

Craft ideas:
•  Make Your Own Grauman's Chinese Theatre Footprint: trace the kids' hands onto a piece of FOAM PAPER and have them cut their handprints out. Then, have them glue their handprints onto a piece of construction paper and decorate their handprints and paper. After their handprints and footprints are decorated, have them write their name in big letters at the top of the construction paper.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!