Oh No, George!

Written By: Chris Haughton

Before Reading

Explore Illustrations

Before starting your read-through, peruse the cover and illustrations in the book. Ask questions to encourage imaginative thinking as well as the habit of making predictions about a story before reading it. These questions may include:

{For older children} What do you think this story is going to be about?

What kind of animal is George? What sound does it make?

Why do you think we are saying, “Oh no” to George? What do you think he did?

{Flip to an illustration} What is George doing in this picture?

If you have a dog or another pet at home, ask “What does _________ like to do? Does he make bad choices sometimes? Like what?”   

As You Read

Make the story more dynamic by trying to differentiate between George’s voice, Harry’s voice, and the narration. Give George and Harry different, distinct voices as you read to make the story more interesting and enjoyable. Get your child engaged in the story by encouraging him/her to read with you whenever you say, “Oh No, George!” Also, get active and incorporate body movement while reading. For example, when George agrees to be good, pretend to be George and close your eyes and nod your head as you say, “Yes, I’ll be very good.”

Making Connections

Let your child connect with the story and think about what is happening as you go along by asking questions about a specific scene. For example, when George sees a cake on his walk, say, “Uh oh, George sees another cake. Do you think he will eat it? {Your child’s response} Ok, well let’s find out!” You can also get your child thinking about his/her own life experiences by asking, “What is your favorite kind of cake? When was the last time you ate cake? Was the cake for you or did you eat someone else’s cake like George?”

After Reading

Summarize and Interpret

Asking questions after the read-through allows for your child to think about what they have just read and gain deeper comprehension of the story. Ask questions like:

Did you like the story? What was your favorite part? Why?

What did George promise to Harry?

What did George do once Harry left?

What do you think George will do with the trash?

George didn’t always do the right thing but he did try. Bring this to your child’s attention by asking, “Why didn’t George chase the cat the second time? Was George sorry for doing bad things the first time? Why?”

Activity: Feed Each Hungry George

Adapted from Sorting Sprinkles

Supplies: Printer, pictures of a dog (you can even use pictures of your own dog, if you have one), scissors, small snacks, and a marker


With this fun activity, your child can practice counting by feeding each dog the right amount of snacks.

  1. Find a fun picture of a dog online or use a picture of your own dog (if you have one) and print out 10 small copies of it.
  2. Cut out each of the dogs and then write the numbers 1-10 on the top corner of each picture.
  3. Let your child count out 10 snacks and place them on the table.
  4. Choose one of the dog pieces and ask your child to feed that dog the correct number of treats. Count aloud together as you place them on the picture and get excited when each dog is fed the correct amount of treats!
  5. For older children, you can practice basic addition or subtraction with your child by saying things like, “This dog has 4 snacks but I want to take away 1 snack for myself. How many snacks does the dog have left?”
  6. Once each dog has been fed, it’s your child’s turn!