Kids love Dog Breath! In fact, it's one of the five read-aloud award finalists from NAESP for 2008.
It has a clear beginning, middle and end. I love to read this book to students and then to stop after the middle. They WANT to know how it ends ... and that's a good time to teach the importance of a beginning, middle AND end. After sufficient begging, I always finish the book. :)
This book also teaches foreshadowing through pictures ... the author has wanted signs posted in pictures before the burglars ever come into play. Alliteration is also evident in the newspaper adds. Think about how many objectives older students can learn from this picture book. I'd love to hear your ideas too.