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Luz Escobar

Fiction Evaluation Form
(Picture Books, Folklore, Modern Fantasy, Contemporary Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction,
Multicultural Books)

Your Name: Luz Escobar

Book Title: I don’t want to be a

pea!
Author:

Ann Bonwill

Genre: Modern Fantasy
for Young Readers/ 2011

Illustrator: Simon Rickerty
Publisher/Year: Atheneum Books

EVALUATE THE BOOK USING THE FOLLOWING ELEMENTS

1. STYLE and Language: Explain the language used – word

RATE THE
EFFECTIVE USE
OF EACH
ELEMENT
(3 highest- 1
lowest)

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choices, sentence length, dialogue, rhythm, rhyme.
Explain unexpected insights or interesting information the
reader learns from the story. Give examples form the book

The story is written in dialogue by the two characters Hugo and Bella. The
sentences are short with limited advance word choices for the young readers. The
author introduces the word ridiculous and writes it as “ri-dic-ulous” so the readers
can be able to pronounce it. There is no rhyme in the story and the rhythm is quick.
The author bolds and enlarges some words so that they may stand out for the
reader. For example, when Bella is upset, the words are larger than the others, “We
are NOT going to be a king and his jester.”
2. CHARACTER – Who is the main character? Explain the

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character’s personality traits. How can the reader relate to
the character, become involved in the story?
Who are the supporting characters? Give examples of both.

The two main characters are Hugo the hippo and Bella the bird.
They are each others’ best friend and both friends are very creative
and have lots of different ideas and opinions. For example, Hugo
says “All hippos have birds, and Bella is mine.” Then Bella chimes in
saying, “Correction. All birds have hippos and Hugo is mine.” A
reader can relate to the characters by having a friend or relative
whom they admire dearly but always bicker with. Because of this the
reader may become very involved in the story.
3. PLOT: (Explains the major events in the story.) Summarize
the plot

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The story begins with an introductions of Hugo the hippo and Bella the bird. The
characters go on and tell the readers that they are going to a special event, “The
Hippo-Bird Fairy-Tale Fancy Dress Party.” Hippo wants to dress as the princess and
the pea, with Bella as the pea, but Bella wants to dress as a mermaid and her rock
with Hugo as the rock. Next, Hugo suggests they dress as a king and his jester, so
Bella suggests they dress as Cinderella and her pumpkin. The two argue and walk
away from one another. They realize that they will miss each other at this party so
decide to reconcile and attend the party dressed like two peas.

4.

SETTING – Explain the place and time of the book.
THEME- What is the story’s theme or lesson?

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Setting: The setting takes place at Hugo’s and Bella’s home and then at the party.
Theme: The theme is always be open to other’s ideas.
5. ILLUSTRATION –Analyze the illustrations in the book (see

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Chapter 4) with the categories below:

What Style (realism, surrealism, expressionism, impressionism, naïve, cartoon art)?
The style of the story is naïve because it is of a talking hippo and bird.
Media (paints, oils watercolors, pencil, pen, charcoal, crayons, acrylic, chalk) :
The media used is acrylic and paint.
Visual elements (line, shapes, color, texture):
The lines in the illustration are thick with large shapes, so that the young readers focused on the
illustration. The color hue is warm with the usage of pink, orange and yellow. The book is medium size
with a smooth texture.

illustration and text are combined to tell the story:
The illustration combines with the text of the story because whenever a character
suggests an outfit, the two are seen dressed in the outfit stated. For example, for
the king and jester suggestion, Hugo is dressed as the king and Bella is dressed as a
jester.
Describe the Page layout (page design-borders, use of white/dark space, text placement & size,
Explain how

font, all pages the same or differences):

There are no white borders for the illustration. The illustrator uses two pages to
combine a scene. The text placement is large, roughly around font size 20, and it is
place all round the page, top, middle, and center. The illustrations are large and
cover majority of the page. All the pages in the book are like this.
6.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT THEORIES – CHOOSE 2 of theories below and evaluate
the book according to the developmental theories. (How the book fits the
developmental stage and age?)

PIAGET-COGNITIVE-INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT

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Name the stage: Preoperational

Give the age: 2-7 years

Explain the cognitive development from the stage:
Children begin developing language and vocabulary rapidly and develop concepts of
friend, good/bad sharing, etc. Fantasy and imagination play are models of thinking.
Give examples from the book show how the book fits the cognitive stage:
The author breaks down the word ridiculous so that the readers can be able to
pronounce it. The children see the relationship between Hugo and Bella and see
how they overcome their little argument and still remind best of friends. With this,
the author is telling the readers that it is ok to have little discretions with someone
just as long as it is not hurtful.
ERIKSON – PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Name the stage __________________________________
age_____________________

Give the

Explain the social development for this stage:
Give examples from the book that support the social development of this
stage:

EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Identify the Age: 3-6 years
Explain the emotional development at this age:
The children are able to combine behavior and cognitive thinking strategies to help
create emotional self-regulation and it helps bring automatic empathy.
Give examples from the book to illustrate the emotional development of
this age:
When Hugo and Bella walk away from one another the illustrator shows them
crying, and the reader can empathize with the characters. The reader wants to
have the characters happy.
7. Overall Rating of the book (3 highest - 1 lowest)
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Comments: (Support your overall rating)
I give this book a 3 because I really enjoyed how the author incorporated a little
argument with the characters and then resolve the issue. I think this is a great way
to show children that there will be times when they will have arguments, but that
does not mean it is ok for them to be hurtful, it is a time to be understanding of
others.