A Wibbly Wobbly Idea


Written by Anna Notley, illustrated by Mat Faint

A story about a little boy with big dreams who discovers the importance of doing what he loves for himself, and not for the admiration of others. Colourful illustrations help children to grasp the story before reading the text.

Ideal for use with children in Years 1 and 2 (age 5-8). This book has been written to accompany the LanguageLift program, but can also be used independently. The explicit story and language elements will make it particularly helpful for those struggling with oral language.


A Wibbly Wobbly Idea provides excellent consolidation of narrative story structure, with a special focus on actions. The book focuses on the theme of invention, and celebrates perseverance and individuality. It features many regular 'doing' verbs (e.g., saw, snip, bang, tap, twist, turn), with an opportunity to work on past tense suffix ‘ed’ when retelling actions (e.g., sawed, snipped, banged, tapped, twisted, turned). Less explicit text provides opportunities to work on inferencing skills. Children will enjoy being kept in suspense as Billy plans a very big invention and will then get a kick out of the big reveal! Billy’s fantastic inventions will amuse children with their silliness. And Billy’s determination to create his big invention will inspire children. You can use this book to discuss:
  • Useful inventions and why humans invent things
  • Different ways in which we are all creative
  • Why we need to make a plan before making something
  • How we don’t have to be the best at something to have fun doing what we love
Published by Putto Press, an imprint of MultiLit Pty Ltd.
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