Monday, November 29, 2010

Think Pun Thoughts

Mr. Putney's Quacking Dog
Here's a book recommendation direct from my son:
Jon Agee's Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog 
“I like it because of the very funny jokes.”
Agee really appeals to my boy because
of the word play. Like many of Agee's books,
Putney dispenses with conventional
narrative to better indulge in 
outrageous word related silliness.
Putney lives with a wacky menagerie
of animals who often make
themselves useful in punny ways.
Each morning, Putney's alarmodillo wakes
him for another day playing with his
anteloop and taking care of his poor
ill hippospotamus.
My ten year old loves this book and 
would have loved it any time these past
five years. I worried a little lest he fasten
on the jokes too strongly (as boys with or
without autism sometimes do) but he 
contents himself with occasionally
saying "Alarmodillo. Do you get it?"
or the like remark. 
This imaginary world works well for
kids who enjoy word based silliness
with a solid structure visible beneath
the nonsense.
-Spectrum Mom


  1. Well, I can totally relate to your son's liking the funny word plays. My daughter( you probably can guess who) finds this sort of thing hilarious - much more so than my other two children. Don't get me wrong; they think it's funny, too. I think it just really tickles a ticklish spot in the brain of some more than others. I think that anything that can get you and your child laughing out loud together has got to be so good for the both of you on so many different levels. It's fun, it's a stress relief, it's bonding... It really helps you to know your child better to know what makes him or her laugh. You may want to try something we started years ago. When my kids were first learning to spell and write their first words, they would sometimes come to me and ask," Mommy, what does this say?" At the risk of offending them, I thought I would try reading to them what the misspelled word actually said - instead of reading what I thought they were trying to say. To my and their delight, it struck them as extremely funny to hear me say nonsense words ( or names if a name is misspelled). They even started writing long strings of letters just to hear me sound them out. I'd love to know how this goes in your family!

  2. My little one types away at the computer and expects me to read whole lines of random letters! My boy with autism rarely misspells and usually takes a more corrective approach to his or other's misspellings, but finds
    any little slip noteworthy. I love how you made misspellings warm and funny, you have very lucky kids.