Poodle Knows What?: Student Book

Book 1 of the Poodle Series

Michael Clay Thompson (Author, Narrator) · Christopher Tice (Illustrator)

Order Code: 9387
Class sets 25 or more paperback books: $26.00 each
Class set order code: 9387S

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Academics’ Choice Award-Winner!

This book introduces first, second, and third graders to grammar concepts in an illustrated story format that kids will love! This is the first book in the Preliminary Level of the MCT language arts curriculum.


Mom’s Choice Gold Award-Winner!
Academics’ Choice Award-Winner!

Grammar is hard, and horrible, and miserable, and you have to know zillions of kinds of words, and you have to be a genius to get it all figured out. Right?

Poodle and Sidney would disagree with that. And What?. What?

Poodle is a chicken, and his best friend is a beagle named What?. And before you have a chance to think about that too hard, ZOOM!, in races Sidney, the fastest snail you ever did see. (She’s in training to be a verb.)

Between the three of them, they know quite a lot about grammar, and it turns out that all of those myths about grammar being awful and complicated and hard to do are simply untrue. I’m serious.

Grammar—when you have the right chicken, the right beagle, and the right snail—is easy! There are only eight kinds of words, and they are simple to learn. Just ask What?. He’ll tell you. What?

Okay, don’t ask What?. But What? and his friends will share all of their secrets with any child who opens the pages of this introductory grammar book for young children.

Poodle Knows What? is a delightful book told in unmetered rhyme and overflowing with quirky and endearing images drawn by artist Christopher Tice and incorporating the art of Milton Kemnitz, whose work infuses many of the other books in the curriculum. On page after page, Michael plays with words and with sounds—with what language can do. And the best part is that children get to hear Michael read it himself because every spread of two pages contains a QR code that links to audio of Michael narrating the text. If you think the story is fun, wait until you hear Michael tell it.

Young children will cherish this book for its wit, its humor, its beauty, its cleverness, and—oh yes—its valuable grammar instruction, which will provide them with a solid foundation of grammar knowledge that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Even children who have advanced beyond the primary levels will find themselves enchanted by Sidney’s enthusiasm and by the deep friendship between Poodle and What?. What?

Grammar is not hard, nor horrible, nor miserable, and you don’t have to know zillions of kinds of words, and you don’t have to be a genius to get it all figured out. Poodle knows that. He knows What?. Exactly.


MCT Language Arts Curriculum
Preliminary Level
6, 7, 8, 9
1, 2, 3
MCT Language Arts
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