Mortimer

Mortimer

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Mortimer

“Mortimer” is one of my all time favorite English storybooks from my childhood. My favorite children’s author was Robert Munsch. I was lucky enough to have lived in the same city as Mr. Munsch. And I can remember going to the library when I was 4 or 5 to listen to read some of his stories. He was a such a great storyteller and it was always a lot of fun. Now my children love his books. It’s great to be able to share this book with them and you. I hope you like it.

Time for bed Mortimer.

Motimer
Mortimer – What do you think this story is about?

Before reading “Moritmer”, take some time looking at the cover. Ask your child some questions about the book. Try to peak their interest, and relate it to their life.

  1. Who is that boy? Mortimer. Yes, that’s right. That is Mortimer.
  2. Is he sleeping? No, he’s singing. Yeah, he’s singing, but he’s in bed.
  3. Should he be sleeping? Yes. That’s right. He should be sleeping, but it looks like he doesn’t want to sleep.
  4. Do you sometimes have to go to bed when you don’t want to? Yes, sometimes. I know, sometimes you don’t want to go to sleep. But, you need to sleep to get bigger and stronger.

Watch the Video:

It’s Moms turn.

Mortimer
Page 1
  1. What time is it? It’s bedtime. That’s right, it’s bedtime.
  2. Do you like going to bed? No. Really, you don’t like going to sleep.
  3. Why don’t you want to go to sleep? It’s boring. Yeah, it can be boring sometimes.
  4. What did Mortimer’s mother say to Mortimer? Be quiet. Very good, she told Mortimer to be quiet. She wants him to go to sleep.

Clang Clang

Mortimer
Page 2
  1. Where did the mother go? She went downstairs. That’s right, she closed the door and went back downstairs.
  2. Did Mortimer go to sleep? No, he didn’t. Oh no, Mortimer didn’t go to sleep.
  3. What did he do? He sang a song. Yes, he did sing a song. A very noisy song.

Let’s sing the song together:

Clang, clang, rattle-bing-bang

Gonna make my noise all day.

Clang, clang, ratttle-bing-bang

Gonna make my noise all day.

The Fathers turn.

Mortimer
Page 3
  1. Who came up the stairs this time? His father. Yes, Mortimer’s father came up the stairs.
  2. Is he angry? Yes he is. Yeah he looks angry and sounds angry.
  3. What did he yell at Mortimer? Be quiet. Yeah, Mortimer’s father was angry and yelled at him to be quiet.
  4. Do you think Mortimer will go to bed this time. No. Me neither.

Rattle-Bing-Bang

Mortimer
Page 4
  1. What is Mortimer’s dad doing now. Reading the newspaper. Yes, he is trying to read the newspaper.
  2. What is Mortimer doing? He is singing. Yeah, that is right. He is singing again.
  3. Do you think he is singing loudly.  Yes, very loud. Yes, it looks like he is singing very loudly.
  4. Let’s sing together:

Clang, clang, rattle-bing-bang

Gonna make my noise all day.

Clang, clang, ratttle-bing-bang

Gonna make my noise all day.

Seventeen Brothers and Sisters.

Mortimer
Page 5
  1. How many brothers and sisters does Mortimer have? 17. 17 brothers and sisters, that is too many.
  2. Do you have any brothers or sisters. Yes I do. / No I don’t.
  3. What did they say to Mortimer? They said “Be quiet.” Yeah, they all yelled in a very loud voice, to be quiet.
  4. Do you think Mortimer will go to sleep. No I don’t. Me neither, I don’t think he is going to go to sleep.

Gonna Make My…

Mortimer
Page 6
  1. What happened when the brothers and sisters shut the door. Mortimer started to sing. Yes, he started to sing again.
  2. He sang really loudly this time, didn’t he? Yes, he did. Yes, Mortimer sang so loudly this time.
  3.  Can you sing the song with me? Are you ready?

Clang, clang, rattle-bing-bang

Gonna make my noise all day.

Clang, clang, ratttle-bing-bang

Gonna make my noise all day.

Time for the Policemen

Mortimer
Page 7
  1. Now who came up the stairs to put Mortimer to bed? Two Policemen. Yes, Mortimer must be in real trouble now.
  2. Do the Policemen look scary? Yes, they do. Yes, they look a little scary.
  3. What did they say to Mortimer? They told them to be quiet. Yeah, they want him to be quiet and to go to bed.
  4. Do you think he will be quiet? No, I don’t. Me neither, I think Mortimer will still make his noise.

Noise all day.

Mortimer
Page 8
  1. Where is Mortimer hiding? Under the bed. Yes, He is hiding under the bed.
  2. Do you think he is scared of the policemen? Yes I do.  Yeah, he is probably a little scared.
  3. What did he do when the policemen got to the bottom of the stairs? He sang. Yes, he sang it again.
  4. Are you ready to sing it again. Here we go:

Clang, clang, rattle-bing-bang

Gonna make my noise all day.

Clang, clang, ratttle-bing-bang

Gonna make my noise all day.

The big fight

Mortimer
Page 9
  1. What happened when the policemen got downstairs? They had a fight. Yes, there was a big fight. Everyone was yelling at each other.
  2. Who was the mother fighting with? The policemen. Yes, the mother and policemen were fighting each other.
  3. Who is the father fighting? The brother and sisters. That’s right, the father is arguing with the brothers and sisters.

Finally Sleeping

Mortimer
Page 10
  1. What’s Mortimer doing now? He’s sleeping. Yes, finally he is asleep.
  2. Why did he fall asleep? He was waiting. Yes, he finally fell asleep because he was tired of waiting. No one came up stairs.
  3. Do you think he will have nice dreams? Yes. So do I. I hope he has great dreams.
  4. What was your favorite part of the book. <answers will vary>

Wrap Up

Excellent, you completed this English storybook with your child. I hope that you both enjoyed it as much as I do. Would you like to do another story. The Really, Really, Really Big Dinosaur is another fun story.

The Really Really Really Big Dinosaur

Remember, be patient and have fun.

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