Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book Friday on her blog. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, or just looking for a great book to read. Here is a list of books by category. Each book listed has a link to a review, information about that book, and resources for activities. There is also an alphabetical list.
Now for this week’s review!
Written by Tiffany Strelitz Haber
Illustrated by Kirstie Edmunds
Henry Holt and Co. 2012
Themes: Monsters, Friendship, Belonging
Synopsis: (from Tiffany Strelitz Haber’s site) The Monster Who Lost His Mean, is a fun, rhyming picture book about a monster who lost his “M.” When his “M” goes missing, his “meanness” and monster friends do too! This picture book tells the story of how sometimes, when things get lost, bigger and better things can be found.
Monsters are a spooky bunch—
a scary, hairy group.
They run in packs, leave giant tracks,
and dine on eyeball soup.
Mean, Observant, Noisy,
super Strong, and Tough-to-please,
a monster’s all of these!
One day, a monster’s M went missing,
gone without a trace!
And every M is custom-made,
the kind you can’t replace.
Here is a book trailer that came out before the book was released, but you can’t miss it! It is too cute!
Resources: Tiffany has activites on her site. HERE is a coloring page. And HERE is a maze. HERE is page to talk about Onster’s feelings and let children share their own feelings with a drawing. And since the beginning of the book gives a descriptive word for each letter in the word Monster, it would fit in nicely to let children come up with descriptive words for each letter of their name for an acrostic activity.
Why I Like This Book: What’s not to like???? The rhyme is perfection and all kinds of fun! The illustrations are colorful and delightful. And, most important, the book tells a great story of a monster who who loses his mean and doesn’t miss it after all.
And since I think this book is EXCELLENT, I had to have a little fun with my review and do an acrostic of my own.
Every line and every rhyme—impeccable and fun.
Xtra-special illustrations hit a BIG home run.
Charming Onster steals your heart and you’ll be filled with pride,
Extolling choices that he makes, his meanness put aside.
Laughter and delight will reign when reading it aloud,
Leading to demands of, “More!” from the happy crowd.
Eventually you’ll close the book and sit and think and smile—
Not missing Onster’s “M” at all and
Thrilled by Onster’s style.