Yea! It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday. Today I am going to tell you about the book I have read more times than any other picture book.Mostly Monsterly Written by Tammi Sauer Illustrated by Scott Magoon Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (August 31, 2010) Ages 5-8 Themes: Differences, Being Misunderstood, Individuality, Humor
Opening Lines: “On the outside Bernadette was mostly monsterly. She lurched. She growled. She caused mayhem of all kinds. But underneath the fangs and the fur, Bernadette had a deep…dark…secret.”
Brief Synopsis: (from Amazon) Bernadette might seem like an ordinary monster, but sometimes she likes to do some very unmonsterlike things, like pick flowers. And pet kittens. And bake. When the time comes for Bernadette to go to Monster Academy, she’s just a teensy bit nervous. Her classmates just don’t understand her. They’d rather uproot trees than sing friendship songs. And they prefer fried snail goo to Bernadette’s homemade cupcakes with sprinkles. Can Bernadette find a way to make friends at school and still be herself?
Resources: Although, I didn’t find any resources for teachers, I did find the special recipe for Cupcakes With Sprinkles from Tammi’s website. Also, I believe a teacher could use Bernadette’s cards as fun examples for a Halloween project. Believe me (as a retired teacher)…if a teacher reads this book, ideas will come. Maybe one of you will come up with some activities to share on the Internet.
Why I Like This Book: It’s monstrously fun. It’s monstrously cute. It’s monstrously, cleverly written and illustrated. But, on to why I like the story….Bernadette is too sweet for a monster. This is evident as she makes numerous attempts at friendship with her monster classmates. They don’t understand Bernadette and she doesn’t understand them. But Bernadette is a smart little monster, too, and watches them at recess. “They’re acting like total monsters.” said Bernadette. That is when she has her “Ah Ha!” moment. She goes right to work and comes up with a monstrously, monsterly idea. When all is said and done, Bernadette finds a way to be friends but still stays unique and “mostly monsterly.”
Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book on her blog on Fridays. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, and, mainly, just perfect for those who love to read picture books. Here is a list of books by category. Each book listed is a link to information about that book. It is very handy.