Today I’m interviewing Mario a book character from Carolina
Zanotti children’s book, Mario and the
“Mario we are glad to have you with us today.”
I’m thrilled to be here.
“Mario, can you tell us about the Author who created you?”
Carolina Zanotti is a journalist and loves to write theater
shows for children. She specializes in music and theater. Carolina created me and my alien friends.
“She is a busy woman. I see that Happy Fox Books is the
publisher and you were introduced to us this year, 2019.
Yes, and I can’t wait to tell you about my friends and how I
“Well please do so.”
I was on my computer when I heard them land. It was loud and
in my back yard. I went outside to see what
caused the noise and found a spaceship!
The spaceship was purple, round and really big. When I got closer an
alien was looking at me. Before I took
off running I saw many different shapes and sizes of aliens, way too many for
me to stick around and see what they wanted. I needed help.
When I turn to run they stopped me and said, “We just want
to play.” They came to play with me!
“So Mario what did you do with them?”
I had to come up with something fast and I did, I went to
get my computer, but they did not want to play on the computer. The only thing I could see in sight was my
bike, so one of the aliens, Yorso, rode the bike but was not very good at
it. After everyone cheered him on he got
Before the day was finished we had played with many of my
and my sisters toys. The aliens really
enjoyed the day. My favorite thing we
played was a game of soccer.
“Do you think your friends will come back some day?”
I hope so. We had a great time and guess what else. I never
missed my computer!
“Mario you talked about the aliens and how much fun you had
but you did not tell us much about how they looked.”
That’s because I want everyone to get the book and see the
illustrations Tamypu created for this
“Okay then, thank you for coming to tell us about the story you are in and also about your creators, Mario.”
If you want a craft or fingerplay go back to my earlier review of this book.
Say Hello To Zorro! By Carter Goodrich (Interview by Vicky Manning)
to my first of many interviews with famous characters from children’s books.
morning Mister Bud and Zorro.”
Bud, can you tell me who gave life to you in the book, Say Hello to Zorro?”
and I were created by Carter Goodrich. I’m pretty sure he thought of me first
since I’m mentioned first in the story. Carter Goodrich upon this story has
illustrated sixteen New Yorker covers and was the lead character designer for
Despicable Me Finding Nemo, Monsters. Inc, Open Seasons, and Ratatouille.
can you give up more information about the book you are a character in?”
but first Mister Bud and I were created at the same time and both of us are
important to the storyline. My name, only, is in the title of the book but Mister
Bud is mentioned first in the story line.
Goodrich won the International Animated Film Society’s Annie Award for design
in the movies Mister Bud mentioned. He graduated from Rhode Island School of
Design and has twice been awarded the gold medal from Society of Illustrators
in New York.
Bud can you tell us who the publisher of the book “Say Hello to Zorro is?”
& Schuster Books for Young Readers
Bud can you give me and others details about your character?”
was living the good life. Everything was about me and I liked it that way. I
had my own house, bed, toys, dish and schedule. If you read my book you will
find I had a time for everything and it never changed till one morning. In one
moment all about me became all about two. I never had to share a thing in my
whole lifetime, now before me stood Zorro!
was always in my way and I did not like the eye contact he was giving me, so I
did what any other dog would do, I snapped and growled at him. I was told I had
to get along with him and that was hard. He was so bossy.
happened with our relationship that I may never understand. Zorro had something
in common with me, he had my same schedule!
can you give me and others your view about your character?”
never as asked about moving into a home with Mister Bud. I too thought I would
be the only pet but I was wrong. Mister Bud was not very welcoming and he
growled at me first. Nobody is going to intimidate me into doing what they want
me to do.
a few days of trying to find my place in this family I noticed that me and
Mister Bud had the same schedule and not only that it was kind of fun going on
walks together and taking naps together. When we eat I still like my own bowl
has does he.
you two finally come to the conclusion that having a friend to live with was
not so bad?”
and Mister Bud
but we still have our moments.
“Thank you for giving us a great interview. Readers I hope you will go out and check this book out. Next interview will be with the little Guys. Read, Share, and Create. Signing off Vicky Manning
Have class to go into center time. After they have partnered with a friend or friends tell them they will roll a dice and the number they roll will be the next group they will be in a center with. (This will teach them to be friends with diffenrent people in their class and they will learn to share when working together.
Paint child’s hand brown or black and press on each side of the dog head
I found this cute book this moring in our collection. A baby pirate and his mates sail the seas and go into battle when their booty is stolen! When ever I read a book about pirates I love to make ships out of our boxes books come in. I also put out pirate accessories for play time.
Mario was surprised when he saw an enormous purple spaceship had landed in his back yard. He went to check it out and found very scary aliens on board. He started to run to his parents but they hollered, “We just want to play.” So the cute story starts with Mario coming up with ways to entertain his new friends.
A purple spaceship lands on a mountain. (Curve
fingers and place hand on arm)
Out pops a green alien rolling down the mountain. (Snap
fingers and roll arms over each other)
Out pops an orange alien hopping down the mountain.
(Snap fingers, hop fingers across arm)
Out pops a black alien flying down the mountain. (Snap
fingers, wiggle fingers overhead)
Out pops a red alien running down the mountain. (Snap
fingers, run fingers down arm)
The green alien takes a person wearing ____________.
(Add something in the space a child is wearing and pick a child and bring him
to stand with you)
The orange alien takes a person wearing
The black alien takes a person wearing
The red alien takes a person wearing _______________.
The purple spaceship hovers over the group.
It zaps up the green alien and the person wearing
_____________. (Snap fingers, clap hands)
It zaps up the orange alien and the person wearing
_____________.(Snap fingers, clap hands)
It zaps up the black alien and the person wearing
_____________.(Snap fingers, clap hands)
It zaps up the red alien and the person wearing
_____________ (Snap fingers, clap hands) and
they all fly away in a purple spaceship. (Curve fingers and lift hand off of arm)
Set out wiggle eyes
Low heat glue guns
Use your odds and ends from your craft materials or recyle items to make aliens.
I would love for you to blog me aliens you and your class have made!
The topic today is shaving cream. Shaving cream is a fun activity for preschoolers right? You see it in lesson plans for art or teaching to write numbers and so on. I too had shaving cream added to my lesson plan but my experience was somewhat different than most teacher’s experiences.
“Okay, today we are going to draw pictures with shaving cream.”
“Can we have lots of cream on our table?” asked one student.
“I will give you enough to work with.”
Everyone had shaving cream in front of them and was drawing pictures as told to do at first. One young man decided his best friend would look good with a white beard like Santa Clause.
“Class keep the shaving cream on the table please.”
Another child decided to coat their arms in the cream as did the rest of the table. The fun began after this point. Now most teachers would not let this get out of control in the classroom but, come on I’m working with preschoolers and they were having the best time.
Within a few minutes we had shaving cream covered students who were laughing, giggling and putting their shaving cream on all their friends. My assistant went to get the Director who then went to get the Assistant Pastor. After seeing what some may call a disaster, the Assistant Pastor went to get his video camera and came back to make a video of my class.
After the class was video, the Pastor said, “This would only happen in your room Vicky.” Yep, I thought as I looked around to a class of very happy students.
We took the students down to the gym to shower them off in their clothes, another fun activity that was not plan! At nap time everyone slept well!
I have to add this, at the end of the year, my class was the stars of parents night. The video was shown of our year of memories. Preschool is something every child should get to experience. Yes, their little minds are like sponges and they learn many skills but they also have fun socializing and making friends.
I want tell you ending to this sweet book. I won’t tell you the ending of this
I’m sorry I’m going to tell you the ending of this sweet book. The little cactus lands up with the best hug and it sticks on him like glue and it is nice! There it is, I’m sorry I told you the ending but I could not help myself. Now let’s get to the whole story of a little cactus that sits in the window all day and watches his world from the window. He is happy about that till he is not, until he feels lonely. Nobody wants to hug a cactus. I can’t tell you how much I love this book. It made me happy.
Cut out cactus
Glue to paper roll
Stick toothpicks in for thorns
me a hug
Stomp, Stomp, Stomp
Give me a hug says the elephant. (Make a trunk with
your arm and wrap it around a friend)
Give me a hug says the seal. (Flap your arms and
hands together around a friend)
Give me a hug says the monkey. (Swing over to your
friend and hug them tight)
Give me a hug says the snake. (shake your head and