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“Dogzilla” by Dav Pilkey. Theme 3. Meet the Author and Illustrator.

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“Dogzilla”by Dav Pilkey

Theme 3


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Meet the Author and Illustrator

Even before he was old enough to go to school, Dav Pilkey loved drawing. Today, he writes and illustrates his own booksand draws pictures for other authors’ books. He says, “I feel really lucky to be able to make a living doing my favorite things”.

(from www.eduplace.com)


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Genre: Fantasy

  • A fantasy is a type of incredible story.

  • Something that is incredible is amazing, unbelievable, or not likely to happen.

  • This story places ordinary characters in a traditional monster-movie plot.


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Summary

  • The dreadful Dogzilla destroys the streets of Mousopolis, ruining the city’s cook-off. Brave mice attack, but Dogzilla’s terrible doggy breath defeats them. Finally, the mice come up with a better plan-BATH TIME! Dogzilla flees, and Mousoplois is saved, at least until next year.


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Background Information

  • This story is a “spoof”, or a silly take-off, of the monster movie Godzilla. If you would like to find out more about Godzilla, click on the monster below!


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Key Concept

Movie Monsters


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Key Vocabulary

  • colossal

  • creature

  • heroic

  • horrifying

  • monstrous

  • terrifying

  • tremendous


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colossal

very big; enormous


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creature

a living being, especially an animal


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heroic

very brave or daring


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horrifying

causing much fear


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monstrous

extremely large; enormous


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terrifying

causing much fear


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tremendous

very great, large, or powerful




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American soldiers are our freedom. heroic men and women that fight for our freedom.



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The scary movie was our freedom. horrifying to watch.



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The volcano erupted a our freedom. tremendous amount of lava.



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The skyscrapers in New York are our freedom. colossal.



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The brown our freedom. creature was crawling up my arm.



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The our freedom. monstrous giant defeated the mouse.



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The dog was our freedom. terrifying the little girl.


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Strategy Focus: Evaluate our freedom.

  • When we evaluate, we form an opinion about we see and/or read.

  • The author calls this story “extremely goofy”. Do you agree with him?

  • Evaluate how well he uses the words and pictures to make you feel this way.


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Strategy Focus: Evaluate our freedom.

Let’s try it!

Tell a partner how the picture

on the title page makes you feel.

~or~

Tell a partner how you feel about the

title of this story.


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Comprehension Skill Focus: Fantasy/Realsim our freedom.

  • We have defined fantasy as incredible, not real, and unbelievable.

  • As we read “Dogzilla”, we find examples of things that are fantasy (not real) and some things that are real and could really happen in life.


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