Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a funny book with a great message (and because running into teachers outside of school is awkward – Sorry, but it’s true!).
40 pages – ages 4+
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on July 1, 2014
Theme/Topic- Perspective / school / monsters
Opening and Synopsis- Opening – “Bobby had a big problem at school. Her name was Ms. Kirby.“
Synopsis – taken from the inside jacket “Bobby has a problem. You see, his teacher is a monster. But when Bobby runs into his teacher outside of school, he learns there is more to her than meets the eye.“
Why I liked this book- This is a funny book about perspectives. Someone sometimes might act “horrible” in some instances, but once you get to know them, they might actually be nice or not what you originally thought. It’s a good lesson for kids and the story is fun, not “preachy.” I really enjoy the illustrations. They’re fun to look at. I like how they gradually show the change in Ms. Kirby (from monster to human). I think all kids have felt at some point that their teacher is a monster (of course if ANY of my current or past teachers are reading this I NEVER thought that about you). And who hasn’t found it awkward when you see your teachers outside of school? They don’t live there?!? Really? ;) Mr. Brown has written a great book!
Activities and Resources-
Mr. Brown has an activity kit that goes along with this book. It has discussion questions, group activities, coloring pages and more! Click HERE to download it.
Barbara Leyne of the awesome blog Grade Onederful, nominated this book as a PPBF book last year. Her review and suggested activities are great – check them out HERE.
With Valentine’s Day coming up here is a MONSTROUS idea for school kids – a monster card box.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!