Imagine my surprise the other day when I found THIS book in my mailbox. Yes, it was a gift ... and a surprise ... read on and I'll explain at the bottom :)
Title: My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)
Author: Peter Brown
Publishing: Little, Brown and Company, 2014
Ages: Suitable for 5-8
Theme: Viewpoint, Friendship, Monsters
Opening Lines: "Bobby had a big problem at school. Her name was Ms. Kirby. ROBERT!"
Synopsis (from Amazon): A young boy named Bobby has the worst teacher. She's loud, she yells, and if you throw paper airplanes, she won't allow you to enjoy recess. She is a monster! Luckily, Bobby can go to his favorite spot in the park on weekends to play. Until one day... he finds his teacher there! Over the course of one day, Bobby learns that monsters are not always what they seem.
Why I Like This Book: I love the big, bold, expressive, kid-like illustrations.
As a teacher, I can totally relate to kids like Bobby (you will, too!). And remember when you were a kid and how incredibly awkward and just plain weird it was to see your teacher OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL? Brown captures that awkward moment perfectly.
This book is perfect for talking about viewpoint (i.e., Ms. Kirby isn't REALLY a monster ... yes, I had to convince my own class about that one) and how the illustrations help tell the story (I think it's really cool the way Ms. Kirby gradually morphs from a monster to a real person).
Teaching Resources: Well ... I went with the monster theme for this one, 'cause "kid monsters" are just so fun! Here's what I've collected:
1. Monsters in the Art Room by Georgetown Elementary Blog
2. Drippy Monsters by Smart Class
3. Monster Hands by Getting Messy with Ms. Jessi
4. Four FREE Emergent Readers by The Measured Mom
5. Free Monster Writing Papers by Krista Wallden
6. Monster Symmetry by Kindergarten Smiles
The reason my friend gave me this book (besides the fact that she's such a great gal!) is that she wanted to start a RAK or a "Pay the Kindness Forward" or a "Share the Love" activity ... you get the idea:)
And I was her first recipient! And I had TOTALLY forgotten all about it ~ hence the surprise!
If you would like to "Pay the Kindness Forward" to TWO other people, just let me know in the comments. If more than two people indicate an interest, then I'll use the random number generator to pick two.
What will happen? I'll send you a surprise and then you need to pass on a surprise to two other people.
If you're looking for more fabulous picture books, please be sure to check out the fabulous Susanna Hill and her Perfect Picture Book linky.
Have a great weekend!