Tippy And The Night Parade

Tippy and the Night ParadeTippy and the Night Parade
Written by: Lilli Carré
Illustrated by: Lilli Carré
Publisher: TOON Books
Format: Hardcover, 9 x 6, 32 pages, Full Color, $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-93517-957-3

Every once in awhile I wish I was still a kid. Immediately to follow is the thought: Katie, you sound old and probably walked two miles uphill in the snow to get to school too, right? Please don't share that thought with anyone. It makes you sound even older than you are.

But the feeling is still genuine, and it happens whenever I read a Toon Book. The nostalgia of my youth surfaces in the most glorious of ways, and I get to play in an emerging literacy learning world with comics. In the good old days of just picture books I remember staring at the pictures, making them come alive. Like quality comics do today. Wishing the old-school pictures alive. Oh, how I wanted them to come alive . . .

For that reason I absolutely loved Tippy and the Night Parade (published by Toon Books). As I read, Tippy felt like a friend, and her adventurous night parade included me. I too marched along. I even fell down the hole and turned the book every which way – naturally – as the words and images danced around in my mind and felt ever so much like the real deal.  

Personally, I would recommend this book to everyone, kids and adults. It's that good. Professionally, and if I had a million dollars, I would buy and donate this book to as many elementary schools as possible. An excellent resource for a modern early reader Lilli Carré's Tippy and the Night Parade merges images and words into a fluidly engaging reading experience that gloriously dances from one page to the next.

English Language Arts Elements of Story

Plots: Waking up to a bunch of animals in her room is quite the mystery Tippy and her mother must figure out.

Characters: Tippy, mother, all the various animals

Settings: Tippy's bedroom, Tippy's front yard, the dock, the waterway, the forest, a hole, field of cactus, mountain, Tippy's back yard

Themes: Action and Adventure, Mystery, Journey and Quest, Man and Nature

Reading Recommendations Using the Common Core Standards For Early Readers

Craft and Structure
5. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and  larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.*

* The number referenced above corresponds to the number used by the Common Core Standards (www.commoncore.org)

Lesson Idea for Early Readers:

Directions: When you read this book it is VERY important to pay attention to words and images. In the below graphic organizer you will find a full circle representation of each place Tippy travels to on her night parade.

Using the book as a reference write down all of the different animals Tippy meets at each key location in the story. Feel free to draw lines to connect the animals to each location, or simply cluster your answers close to each location.

Tippy and the Night Parade
By Lilli Carré




Dr. Katie Monnin is an Associate Professor of Literacy at the University of North Florida.  Besides the joy that comes with reading comic books and graphic novels, Dr. Monnin enjoys a Peter Pan-ish life of researching and writing her own books about teaching comics, graphic novels, and cartoons: Teaching Graphic Novels (2010), Teaching Early Reader Comics and Graphic Novels (2011), Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning (2012), Teaching Reading Comprehension with Graphic Texts (2013), and Get Animated! Teaching 21st Century Early Reader and Young Adult Cartoons in Language Arts (2013); Teaching New Literacies in Elementary Language Arts ( in press, 2014).  When she is not writing (or sitting around wondering how she ended up making an awesome career out of studying comics and graphic novels), Dr. Monnin spends her time with her two wiener dogs, Sam and Max.