The Shrinking of Treehorn


Bibliographic Information: Green, D. Human Body Factory. (2012). New York: Kingfisher.

Brief Annotation: Treehorn wakes up one morning to find that he is shrinking.  He gets smaller and smaller, and when he tells people, only his parents really seem to take notice.  He gets so small that he walks under his bed and plays an old board game that he got from a mail-in order on a cereal box.  He picks up the piece and moves it along the spaces and grows bigger the farther he goes.  When he finishes, he is back to normal size, but he notices that his skin has turned green.  He decides not to tell anyone and to let them notice for themselves.

Genre: Mystery

Grade Level: 1-3

Readers who will like this: Students who are curious, students named “Treehorn.”

Rating/Response: 2. I guess this wasn’t all that interesting.  Treehorn just tells different people about his shrinking, such as his teacher, bus driver, principal, and parents, and after a while, the reader realizes that it is all part of his imagination.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What would you do if one day you woke up and realized that you were gradually getting smaller and smaller?  Would you tell somebody?  Who would you tell?

Posted by: Iliya Hoffert


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