ERIC Number: EJ814250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
Emergent Readers' Recognition of Irony in "Good Dog, Carl"
Milner, Joseph O.; Milner, Margie M.
Reading Psychology, v29 n5 p395-404 Sep 2008
Jedediah Purdy's (2000) "For common things" laments the ironic mode of thought that characterizes our culture's mindset. He calls for a return to devotion, homage, and allegiance rather than what he sees as a jaundiced detachment that has overcome us. Purdy may be on to something, but Alexandra Day (1985) does not seem to adopt his call to a simpler way of seeing things. She encourages the ironic stance, even in young children. Her "Good Dog, Carl" may not be a thoroughly modern book; it is not a deconstructed child's text like David Weisner's (2001) "The Three Pigs" where the story falls apart, where we see reality and other texts invade the story world in amazing ways. But Day's "Good Dog, Carl" is a clever book that is filled with a basic irony that even 2- to 3-year-old children are beginning to understand and 5- to 6-year-olds are clearly recognizing. They catch the naughtiness of it, the rebellion that is always about to get underway. (Contains 2 tables.)
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Emergent Literacy, Beginning Reading, Literature Reviews, Book Reviews, Age Differences, Toddlers, Grade 5, Grade 11, Reader Text Relationship, Questioning Techniques, Kindergarten, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 11; Grade 5; Kindergarten
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