Brittany Pomales Kidlit Haha Week Kidlit Haha Week Day #5: SAYING THE QUIET PART OUT LOUD with Brian Gehrlein

Kidlit Haha Week Day #5: SAYING THE QUIET PART OUT LOUD with Brian Gehrlein

Brian is the creator of Picture Book Spotlight, #PBCritiqueFest host, and author of THE BOOK OF RULES and THIS IS NOT A SLEEPY BEAR BOOK. Brian teaches high school English and lives in Liberty, Missouri with his wife, Katherine, sons Peter and Albee, and their two corgis!

Wondering how to pronounce “Gehrlein?” It’s like “airline” with a “G.”

25 thoughts on “Kidlit Haha Week Day #5: SAYING THE QUIET PART OUT LOUD with Brian Gehrlein”

  1. Brian I love this post and I will be using those questions on the current story I’m working on now. There are so many books that I thought of but if it’s just one I would say Brenda Is A Sheep makes me laugh everytime.

  2. So much good stuff in this post! Thanks, Brian! Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook is one of my all-time favs for subverting expectations.

  3. Thank you Brian! As a fellow English teacher, I love your Exit Ticket for analyzing mentor texts! Can’t wait to read your sleepy bear book.
    One of my favorite books that subverts the readers expectations is The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood and Hannah Marks.

    1. Snaps for exit tickets! Oh, I haven’t read that one. Gonna add it to my request list at the library now. Hope you finish your school year well! Thanks, Julie. : )

  4. What a helpful post! I will definitely be doing the “assignment” on a published PB and then with my WIP. You obviously put a lot of thought into the post-Thank you! I love HOW TO GIVE YOUR CAT A BATH IN FIVE EASY STEPS by Nicola Winstanley and John Martz for subverting the reader’s expectations.

  5. Wow, you did an awesome job of explaining that with words–and very concise ones at that! I am once again very impressed. My actual wolf manuscript is about to get even better!

  6. Love this post! I really enjoyed reading Buffalo Fluffalo, another big, bad animal story that is not what you’d expect! Lots of fun wordplay too. 😍 Can’t wait to read your new book, Brian! Love the Book of Rules!!!

  7. What a great post, Brian! As a former educator the exit ticket was a warm fuzzy!🤣 My favorite part—“The power of “what if” cannot be denied. Follow those “what if” moments wherever they go!” Looking forward to the book!

  8. I love saying “what if?” in my story ideation too and it makes for fun revisions. The only book occupying my mind these days is Problem Solved by Jan Thomas. I think it subverts expectations.

  9. Love the tips for analyzing/researching comp books! Counting to Bananas by Carrie Tillotson and Estrela Lourenço is a good one that subverts expectations!

  10. Great post! I love what you said about the power of “what if”! A book I’ve been loving is I DO NOT EAT CHILDREN by Marcus Cutler. It’s almost a subversion of exceptions WITHIN a subversion of expectations!!

  11. I am loving these Ha Ha posts! I could not stop laughing at MR. S by Monica Arnaldo. The story’s premise is hilarious, and then the illustrations just add to it. It is books like MR. S that make me wish I was also an illustrator! Thanks for this post and homework assignment.

  12. Brian, Thank you for sharing your expertise. This has so much helpful information. I’m going to bookmark it and come back to it again and again. It’s also super timely for something I’m working on. As for subverting expectations, one of my old faves is Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman.

  13. Thanks Brian! Can’t wait to read this sleepy bear book of yours! A friend recently recommended I Do Not Eat Children by Marcus Cutler. That’s a perfect example, and my children and I loved it!

  14. Exit tickets! Aww, yes! As a former educator, my ELLs (English Language Learners) always looked forward to exit tickets. A may student respond to, “What did you learn today about the main character in the story today (a read aloud)?” or “Share an antonym for the word *confident*”.

    How about the book GUESS AGAIN! written by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Adam Rex.

    Thank you, Brian.

  15. I love a good task list! Thanks for all this info!
    The book that made me chuckle today because of the innocent humorous ending was But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton. And I’m just being honest here!

  16. Really liked your analogy and breakdown of humor in a PB! I will use this as a resource when writing!

  17. This was so amazingly practical! I have a manuscript that I’ve been reworking for years that I plan to use this for right away! One of my favorite humorous books would have to be the “Don’t let the Pigeon…” series by Mo Willems 🙂 My kindergarteners always love it’s goofy antics.

  18. I mentioned I DID SEE A MAMMOTH (Alex Willmore) earlier this week, so I’ll pick something different today. One thing I love about STEGOSAURUS (Bridget Heos / T.L. McBeth) is that I thought I knew exactly where the story was going –then Heos threw in a dark twist I didn’t see coming.

  19. Great breakdown of what makes funny things funny. There are so many great books to choose from but the one sticking in my head right now is CHEZ BOB by Bob Shea.

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