Perfect Picture Book Friday! My Teacher is a MONSTER! (No, I am not.) by Peter Brown

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!).

myteacherisaMy Teacher is a Monster! No, I am not.
Written and Illustrated by Peter Brown

40 pages – ages 4+
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on July 1, 2014

Theme/Topic- Perspective / school / monsters

Genre- Fiction

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.

Photo Credit to Giggles Galore

Photo Credit to Giggles Galore

Check out the instructions for making this cute craft at the Giggles Galore blog – CLICK HERE to GO THERE!  Josie is going to make one for her school party. 🙂

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!



Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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40 replies

  1. Love your disclaimer! Very catchy title and front cover!

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  2. Ha, ha! This one sounds very funny. Good choice.

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  3. The Columbia County Traveling Library has this book and I love it. I watched as an experienced preschool teacher flipped through it, smiled and chuckled as she said, “I’ll take this one for me!”

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  4. Books like these make me want to be a kid again. I would have loved to make a box like that for my Valentines.

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  5. Looks like a fun book. Reminds me of Miss Nelson Comes Back (have you read the Miss Nelson books?). Like the Monster Card Box!

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  6. Excellent choice! I really liked this book as well. Also I’m totally going to do that valentine’s day monster card box idea sometime.

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  7. Keep seeing this book and am glad you shared it. Think every kid has a teacher they find a bit intimidating. Getting to know them in a different way does help! Sounds lik a clever and fun read.

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  8. That book does look a good laugh with a good message too. Love your Valentine’s craft, Erik.

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  9. I think my kids say this about their teacher too sometimes, lol! (ME!)

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  10. Sure is weird seeing teachers in the wild!

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  11. I love EVERYthing Peter Brown creates and this is another gem 😀

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  12. Yes, I love this book, too, Erik! I like how she undergoes a metamorphosis that really happens inside Bobby’s head. It’s ingenious!

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  13. When Mom was a teacher, she actually knew a teacher (right down the hall from her) who really WAS a monster!! A screaming, mean, snide, vicious monster. Mom was afraid of her, and felt sorry for the kids in her class. Yikes! She will read this book to see if it’s the same person…..

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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  14. I read this book a few months and thought it was great! I think it is strange for teachers and students when they see each other out of school. 🙂 Excellent review!

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  15. This is a favorite of mine too, Erik! Thanks for sharing it. Great stuff!

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  16. This looks like a lot of fun. We always enjoy books by Mr. Brown. I haven’t checked this one out yet, but it looks like I need to remedy that. My son will love it. Thank you for the recommendation!

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  17. I haven’t read this one but it looks really fun! Thanks for the feature!

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  18. I come from a family of teachers. And, well, they are monsters. Not bad ones, usually, but like the guys you see on Sesame Street.

    “Monster” is such a pejorative term. I prefer “Beastishly Enhanced.”

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  19. I love Peter Brown’s humor! This one is a keeper. Thanks for the great review, Erik!

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