Douglas, You’re a Genius

DouglasYoureAGeniusDouglas, You’re a Genius
Written and Illustrated by Ged Adamson

Publisher’s Summary:
Pals Nancy and Douglas think their baseball game is over after their ball rolls through a hole in the fence. But when the ball rolls back, followed by a note in an unfamiliar language, they have to discover who’s on the other side of the fence. And so in a series of truly outrageous–and hilarious–stunts, Nancy tries to launch, vault, and fly Douglas over to the other side to see what’s what. Finally, after all Nancy’s plans fail, Douglas gets his turn to execute a plan–and it works! And who do they find? New friends who speak Spanish.

Primary Source Pairing:
Douglas, You’re a Genius creates a visual-rich reading experience that readers of all ages will love. Intricate illustrations set the scene of this backyard adventure. This book would be well suited for a read aloud using a smartboard in a classroom or a shared screen in a Zoom meeting. There are so many details on each page that readers will find if they spend a moment analyzing. For this primary source pairing, use the book itself as the primary source. Specifically, use the page after the friends have met over the fence that reads “The new friends got busy right away on a new plan.” There are so many tiny details in the blueprints of their plans. Invite students to take a close, slow look at all they can see.

Questions for Discussion:

  • What do you notice first?
  • What people and objects are shown?
  • How are they arranged?
  • What are Nancy, Douglas, and their new friends planning?
  • Find a small detail that looks interesting.
  • What would you add to this magnificent backyard adventure?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett