SPIKE: UGLIEST DOG IN THE UNIVERSE

Spike: Ugliest Dog in the Universe

  Unleashed October 1, 2013

Spike Trailer and Booklet Project Book Trailer &
Writing Project
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Pet Story
Workshop
Vocabulary
Parades
Birthday Celebrations,
Writing Workshop, and a Play
Alphabet Fair
Word Carnival
A Water
Play
Outdoor
Collecting

BOOK EVENT: Build Vocabulary, Creativity & Community

Hover over book cover to see online purchase links.

 
Meet Spike's Friends: A Classroom Book Event!

Write about YOUR found dog in this mini one-sheet, folded booklet. Answer questions and build a story.

 
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Classroom Activities

SPIKE'S FRIENDS

Vocabulary Review Sheet

PROJECT SUMMARY (1 page)

30 DOG PROFILES (30 pages)

Want to include more dog-themed books?

Print these 2 bibliographies:
Picture books (2 pages),
Novels (2 pages)

MEET SPIKE’S FRIENDS MINI-BOOKLET

3D Paper Birthday D

MINI-BOOKLET
with writing prompt questions (2 pages)

SPIKE VOCABULARY SHEET (1 page)
Booklet Folding Instructions

BOOKLET FOLDING DIRECTIONS

How to fold a single sheet mini-booklet. (This project uses two sheets to make two “signatures” joined by a rubber band. (1 page)

How to Fold a Booklet Video How to Fold a Booklet Video
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Spike's Friends - Story Comletion Sheets

STORY COMPLETION SHEETS

Final story writing sheets. (1 page)

DOG DIARIES:

Student Samples

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DOG-ON-A-STICK

 

Fold these simple dog and cat puppets.

Use the story prompts on the back to start developing a character and voice.

 

Supplies needed:

Printed sheet
Plastic knife
Double-stick tape

CAT-ON-A-STICK

 

About the Book

illustration from Spike, Ugliest Dog in the Universe

One day my owner entered
me in the Ugliest Dog in the Universe contest.

I won.

It was awful.

SPIKE, Ugliest Dog in the Universe is a tale of a dog who longs for love, tries to please to earn it, and then, when the thieves arrive, finds that being himself is just enough to save the day. Don't judge a book—or a dog—by its cover!

 

The collages in this book were created from worn blue jeans, bits of used clothing, and colored papers.

Spike, Ugliest Dog in the Universe
illustration from Spike, Ugliest Dog in the Universe

We stopped at the hardware store. I purred.

We stopped at the meat
market. I pretended to nap.

We stopped at the park.
I kept my paws clean.

Then it happened.

 

Behind the Scenes

Spike, Ugliest Dog in the Universe,
is a tale about a dog with a huge heart,
a dog who is walking proof
of the proverb:
Don't judge a book by its cover!

 

This tale includes bad guys and good guys, surprises, near misses—and a hero. Guess who? The illustration are collages made from old blue jeans and bits of cloth.

 

Assembling Spike

Debra Frasier and jeans