Jessica Takes Charge

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Four year-old Jessica is convinced there is a monster in the house. After all, she has the Cookie Monster and his friends all over her bedroom, so why wouldn't there be a larger-than-life specimen hiding in the attic? She hears the loud rumblings at night, but her parents pooh-pooh her idea. Grandpa, on the other hand, not only believes her but entertains everyone with the story of how he once caught a monster. So Jessica decides to catch this monster herself to prove a point ...
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Four year-old Jessica is convinced there is a monster in the house. After all, she has the Cookie Monster and his friends all over her bedroom, so why wouldn't there be a larger-than-life specimen hiding in the attic? She hears the loud rumblings at night, but her parents pooh-pooh her idea. Grandpa, on the other hand, not only believes her but entertains everyone with the story of how he once caught a monster. So Jessica decides to catch this monster herself to prove a point and save the house.

When her parents go to sleep, Jessica tiptoes all the way to the basement workshop. No monster. But then she hears it snuffling about upstairs. Grabbing her small sand bucket, she fills it with water and carefully makes her way up the stairs and into her parents' bedroom. The monster seems to have crawled into bed beside Daddy. Jessica swiftly douses it with her bucketful of water! The light goes on on Mommy's side. Dad says no words that are printable. "There is no Monster." Dad was snoring. Instead of triumphant, Jessica feels sheepish. She helps her parents change the sheets, dry Dad's hair and take her stuffed monsters to the spare bedroom. After being safely tucked into bed once more, Jessica is relieved to hear her parents giggling in their room.

Abou the Authors:

Leanne Franson, the award-winning illustrator of I Miss Franklin P. Shuckles, ably conveys mood and meaning through body language and superb use of water colors in subtle shades.

Linda LaRose has written numerous articles for educational journals in the United States and Canada.

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Children's Literature - Maria Pereira
Jessica is convinced there are monsters in the house. Mom and Dad disagree, but no matter, Jessica is determined to catch them. Grandpa believes her and tells her about the monster that he caught when he was a little boy. When Jessica goes to bed, she resolves to stay awake until everybody goes to sleep and then she will go and catch the monsters. Sure enough, when the coast is clear, she exits her room, which incidentally is full of stuffed monsters, and heads for the basement. She hits some of her own booby traps on the way, but finally she makes it to the location of her hunch, the workshop. The workshop is very dark and scary and the light is in the middle of the room. Jessica decides to skip it when she hears the sound of growling from the top of the stairs. Armed with a bucket of water, she follows the growling sound all the way to her parent's room and what a messy surprise is in store for Dad. It's a funny story and well told. The illustrations show Jessica to be a winsome girl indeed.
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PreS-Gr 2 Jessica is convinced that there is a monster in her house; she hears it growling at night. When she tells her family, her parents are dismissive, and Gramps scares her with his own stories of monsters, so she decides to take matters into her own hands. A midnight search of the house leads our heroine, armed with a bucket of cold water, to her parents' bedside where she hears the monster growling. Convinced that it must be under the covers, she tosses the bucket and wakes her family. Of course, the monstrous growls are none other than her father's snoring. The stuffed monsters around her room are banished in an effort to calm her overactive imagination, and she falls asleep to dad's "snorting" down the hall. With just the right balance of scariness and reassurance, LaRose's story will appeal to children and parents alike. The large type also makes it a great choice for children just venturing beyond easy-readers. Franson's colorful watercolor illustrations augment the text with just the right touch, except for the depiction of the cellar workshop, which looks more like it's in a living room than a scary basement. Observant readers will enjoy the visual subtext involving Jessica's dog, which looks exactly like her slippers and cowers in fear during the little girl's exploits. Team this one up with Dick Gackenbach's Harry and the Terrible Whatzit (Clarion, 1979). A great choice for a not-too-scary storytime. Jeanne Clancy Watkins, Chester County Library, Exton, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550375626
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: 510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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Linda LaRose has written numerous articles for educational journals in the United States of Canada. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Leanne Franson, the award-winning illustrator of I Miss Franklin P. Shuckles, ably conveys mood and meaning through body language and superb use of water colors in subtle shades. She lives in Montreal.

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