The Lost Thing tells the story of a boy who discovers a bizarre lost creature at the beach and sets out to find somewhere it can belong.
Before reading the story:
1. Focus on the cover as a class and share ideas in response to these (and other) prompts.
What stands out?
What is it telling us about the story we are going to read?
What might be meant by ‘A tale for those who have more important things to pay attention to’?
After reading the story:
1. Think about your response to the story and share your ideas as a class, in small groups or with a partner.
How did the story make you feel? Explain.
The boy is the only person who notices the Lost Thing. What does this tell you about the world where the story takes place?
What happens to the Lost Thing?
What happens to the boy? Why?
Now that you have read the story, how would you explain the meaning of the line on the cover: ‘A tale for those who have more important things to pay attention to’?
How does the book differ to the movie?