The One and Only Ivan. Let's see....I've got a good gorilla puppet, that's a start. But he's not all that expressive, and Ivan is one of the most unique characters I've ever met in a book. Maybe if I just focus on the funny bits of the story. How about something with "me-balls?" According to Ivan the gorilla, "a me-ball is made by rolling up dung until it's the size of a small apple, then letting it dry. I always keep a few on hand." He sometimes throws them at the humans who "for some reason...never seem to carry any." A little brown play-doh could do the trick. Good possibility for audience participation there, and a little scatological humor is almost always a good thing...but no, I just don't think this one will work in storytime after all. On to the Honor books.
Three Times Lucky: I love to use stories with good dialogue, and this has some of the best. How can I get some of these lines into a puppet story?: "I wouldn't say stole...but I did borrow it pretty strong;" "My heart leaped like the cheerleader I will never be;" "I never forgive. I like revenge too much." No....excellent lines for a character in a novel, but I don't see Pink Pig or Sheldon the Sheep Dog pulling these off.
Well, I tried, but it's just not going to work. Apparently "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children" is not the same as "adapt this for your next storytime presentation." And on the bright side, I imagine the Printz Committee members are having an even harder time with this (Good luck doing Code Name Verity or In Darkness in storytime).
So I'll say goodbye to Newbery for sure and be back soon with a post on a book that didn't win any awards, but has silly rhymes, dress-up opportunities, and underwear jokes....just the right ingredients for a surefire storytime hit.