Y5-6: Varmints (part one) by Helen Ward and Marc Craste
This is a thought-provoking book of very few, yet very well-chosen words. It tells of one little creature’s quest in a thunderous, monotonous world to find some peace and quiet in which to be able to think once again, though can be interpreted as an allegory for many phenomena. It was written for a film-maker who later recreated it as an award-winning animation and the cinematic illustrations are testament to this purpose.
Focus: identifying the message in a text, asking questions and giving full responses, justifying reasoning, inferring from the text/images/word definitions, summarising, discussing puzzling elements of the text.