In The King’s Birthday, The King is upset because no one has remembered his birthday. Lunch, however, reveals a lovely surprise. This is a sequel (with lots of delightful links) to the Dragonflies fluent title The Hole in the King’s Sock. This text supports the comprehension strategies of using prior knowledge, making and confirming predictions, and noting details in illustrations. The “royal” vocabulary and complex sentences provide opportunities for exploring language, while the repetitive structure provides support for less confident readers. Text Features – the clear narrative structure – the fairy tale elements – the characterisation of the King and Queen – the humour and the medieval illustrations – the inclusion of complex sentences – the expressive dialogue, including italics for emphasis, an imperative (on page 7), questions, and contractions – the alternatives to “said” – asked, ordered, sang, thought, wondered – the compound words – birthday, courtyard, everywhere, footmen, into, maybe, something, today, upset, upstairs – the possessive apostrophe in the title.
Themes covered in this book are: Celebrations, Humour
Reading Level: 15-16 (Orange)