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Flannel Friday: The Glerp (Reader’s Theater)


The Glerp by David McPhail

This week’s Flannel Friday is a pre-reader’s theater version of one of my top 10 favorite picture books. I’ve been flirting with the idea of doing RTs with my preschoolers for a while, but I’ve chickened out every week so far this year. Now that I have this one ready to go, I hoping I’ll suck it up, and give it a whirl.

If you’re not familiar with the story here’s a brief synopsis:

The Glerp is a gray blob. He eats anything that gets in his way. Yeah, you heard me…ANYTHING.

The GLERP was going out when an ant walked by.

BTW: Although the narrator opens the story saying “The GLERP went for a walk, a glance at the cover above clearly shows that the GLERP has no legs. PRICELESS!

“Glerp!” went the GLERP.

(The illustration shows an ant inside the GLERP.)

Poor ant.

As he wanders on, the GLERP crosses the path of a mouse, dog, lion… and cow. The more he eats, the bigger he gets. And despite his aching tummy, the GLERP is nothing, if not a blob of his word. So if it gets in his way, it’s going down his gullet. After all, a promise is a promise.

Meanwhile the animals take their predicament very well. (BTW: Since the GLERP is translucent, you get a clear view of the goings-on inside his belly.) Inside the GLERP, all the animals become fast friends. My favorite part is when dog gets eaten, and meets ant and mouse: mouse has his arm around ant’s shoulder. SO CUTE! They chat, dance, and “have a wonderful time.”

Finally, the GLERP meets his match: elephant. He tries to choke him down, but the tusks get suck, and “Poor GLERP” he sort of barfs out all the animals. Good sports that they are, the animals thank their host, and can’t wait for the next go-around.

Anyway, that summary got a little long, but here’s how the RT works. I took a twin-sized fitted sheet, and pasted eyes on it. (OOO, and the lovely Ms. Susan and Ms. Patricia from Matteson Public Library gave me the awesome purple fake fur (turns out, they make awesome GLERP eyebrows. THANKS LADIES!)


I used clipart to make animal “costumes”

Ruby as an Elephant. Fozzy says, "I'm King of the Jungle"

And here's ant, mouse, dog, and cow

As the narrator, I would hold up the GLERP, and hopefully the cues are clear enough that as I tell the story the kids would be able to follow along, and act out the story.

I let you know how it works out.

I am hosting (the enormous Round Up this week)

I apologize for the delay. It’s coming any minute now. Since I’m late, and I’ll be watching FOOTBALL ALL WEEKEND!!!! GO BEARS!!! I’ll gladly add them if there are late-comers. Happy Flannel Friday.

6 thoughts on “Flannel Friday: The Glerp (Reader’s Theater)

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  2. Cate, this is one of my favorite stories too so I am SOOOO excited to see it told a different way! This is so awesome that I am going to have to try it, the kids will go bonkers over that GLERP! And, I also love your dogs, they are so cute in their “costumes”!

  3. Any story with barfing would be a hit with preschoolers, I’d say. 😀 Can’t wait to hear how this goes – I am not as brave as you… yet! 😀 Thanks for sharing!

    • I’m going in with no expectations for perfection, that’s for sure. My prek kds are pretty wild this year. As long as they have fun, I’m happy.

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