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Ages 4+ | Stinky Cecil (Andrews McMeel)

Stinky Cecil in Mudslide Mayhem!
Published by: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Written by: Paige Braddock
Illustrated by: Paige Braddock
Format: Color, 104pages, $9.99
ISBN: 9781449489373
Ages: 4+

Review 

Paige Braddock has done it again!  Whether writing comics for adults, kids, or all-aged readers Braddock knows how to tell a story that will make a reader think twice.  And this time readers are thinking twice about animal habitats and our greater understanding of both our and their shared environments. 

Stinky Cecil in Mudslide Mayhem! is a story about animals, habitats, friendship and empathic teamwork the whole family can read together.  To start, Cecil realizes that the rain isn’t stopping and his home is a little too close to the rising water.  What’s causing the water to rise?  Cecil and his friends are determined to find out.

Teamed up with other animals from his local pond, Cecil and friends must figure out why the water is rising and they can work together to save all their homes.   

Elements of Story

Plot: Something’s making the water rise in the pond, and Cecil and his friends are determined to find out how to save their habitats.  When they find out what’s causing the flood, can they find a way to live together with their new neighbors?

Major Characters: Nesbit, Cecil, Jeremy, Evelyn, Jeff, Reggie, Shelly, Rayray, Bud, Patricia, Sprout

Major Settings: Pond, Cecil’s house, Nesbit’s tree limb, Jeff’s treehouse, Jeff’s boat, mysterious hole in the ground, tunnel, Beaver Lodge, other side of the pond, narrow stream, tree, tree branch/twig

Themes: Seasons, Weather, Friendship and Community, Habitats and Environmentalism, Teamwork, Empathy

Lesson Plan Recommendation Using the

Common Core Standards (CCS) for Young Adults

Common Core Standard(s)

Key Ideas & Details
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.2
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

Directions for Lesson Plan

For this lesson plan, young readers will select a theme and both visually and textually provide evidence on how it evolves throughout the course of the story. 

In order to do so readers are offered five sets of paired blocks.  Each set represents one reading stopping point from Stinky Cecil in Mudslide Mayhem!  Within the sets, the paired blocks represent the reader’s best visual (block on the left) and textual (block on the right) interpretations at that point. 

Collectively, the sets and the paired blocks will show the evolution of the reader’s understanding of their selected theme as it progresses visually and textually throughout the narrative.

Step 1, Paired Block Set 1:

  • Readers read from pages 5 – 14
  • Readers select a theme from the list above
  • Readers visually and textually interpret their theme at that point in the text
Visual Interpretation (Draw) Textual Interpretation (Words)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2, Paired Block Set 2:

  • Readers read from pages 15 - 33
  • Readers visually and textually interpret their theme at that point in the text
Visual Interpretation (Draw) Textual Interpretation (Words) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3, Paired Block Set 3:

  • Readers read from pages 34 – 53
  • Readers visually and textually interpret their theme at that point in the text
Visual Interpretation (Draw) Textual Interpretation (Words) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4, Paired Block Set 4:
  • Readers read from pages 54 – 76
  • Readers visually and textually interpret their theme at that point in the text
Visual Interpretation (Draw) Textual Interpretation (Words) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5, Paired Block Set 5:
  • Readers read from pages 77 – 96
  • Readers visually and textually interpret their theme at that point in the text
Visual Interpretation (Draw) Textual Interpretation (Words) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Katie Monnin is the Director of Education at Pop Culture Classroom in Denver, Colorado.  She has written dozens of articles, curricula, reviews, lesson plans, and 8 books about teaching graphic novels, animation, video games, social media and other pop culture topics in the classroom.