Knock Knock Who's There: My First Book Of Knock Knock Jokes

Last updated Monday, July 3, 2017

Author: Tad Hills
Date of Publication: 2000
ISBN: 0689834136
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jul. 2017

Synopsis: From School Library Journal: "This delightful introduction to the ever popular form of playground humor is sure to delight youngsters. Each two-page spread presents a new joke opposite a gatefold flap that delivers the punch line. The colorful illustrations of the animal characters demonstrate the humor of the play on words. For instance, "Knock, knock. Who's there? Anita" shows a neat little pig in a sundress holding flowers. Opening the gatefold bearing the words, "Anita who?" reveals a muddied porcine with shovel and pail exclaiming, "Anita bath!" This is a great choice for individual sharing or storytime, but be prepared-children are bound to repeat these jokes again and again."

Note to readers:
•  This is a very short book. You might want to read it very slowly and/or more than once with a picture-walk.
•  Each knock, knock joke is a play on words, so you can explain the difference and spell the actual words.
•  HOMONYMS are words that sound alike but have different meanings. Homophones are a type of homonym that also sound alike and have different meanings, but have different spellings. HOMOGRAPHS are words that are spelled the same but have different meanings.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you know any knock, knock jokes?
•  Do you know any other jokes?
•  What makes you laugh? (funny faces, tickles from your parents, animals playing, acting goofy...)

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Do you know of more words that sound similar, but are spelled differently?
•  What are some words that rhyme?
•  What rhymes with summer? with fun?

Craft ideas:
•  Make your own knock, knock joke. Draw pictures & speech balloons, then fold the right side of the paper over to cover the punch line.
•  Draw a picture of what makes you laugh and smile.
•  Draw a picture of fun things you want to do this summer. (go to the beach, the park, the zoo ....)
•  Check our craft ideas for July on Pinterest!

Special activities:
•  Make a list of homonyms or homographs with kids.

*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!