Twenty Questions

Twenty Questions
by Mac Barnett
illustrated by Christian Robinson
Penguin Random House, 2023
review copy from the public library

While we’re on the subject of questions (see previous post), you need this book in your classroom and/or life.

The text of this book is, indeed, composed of twenty questions. (I counted.) The first is very literal. You can use it to teach the word literal: “How many animals can you see in this picture?” The next question lets the reader know that this will not be a (boring) literal book: “How many animals can you not see in this one, because they’re hiding from the tiger?” It gets more and more creative (inferential, opinion based) from there, one of my favorites being “Which of these children is dreaming of peaches?”

This is a book that will invite conversation and story telling. This is a book that will invite creative question-asking. It might even invite collage-making along with creative question-asking. Let’s get started!