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A young boy named Bobby has the worst teacher. She's loud, she yells, and if you throw paper airplanes, she won't allow you to enjoy recess. She is a monster! Luckily, Bobby can go to his favorite spot in the park on weekends to play. Until one day... he finds his teacher there! Over the course of one day, Bobby learns that monsters are not always what they seem.
Each page is filled with "monstrous" details that will have kids reading the story again and again. Peter Brown takes a universal and timeless theme, and adds his own humorous spin to create another winner of a picture book.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Lexile:||310L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children's books, including Children Make Terrible Pets, The Curious Garden, and The Wild Robot. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots!, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award, and a Children's Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year. Peter's website is www.peterbrownstudio.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ms. Kirby is a monster or at least Bobby thinks she is. Bobby thinks his teacher is a monster because when he flies his paper airplanes in class, she yells at him and then takes away his recess from him for throwing the airplane. She also stomped as she walks in her classroom and she roars as she tries to get the class to settle down during the day. I guess it also doesn’t help that she looks like a monster with a huge green body and sharp teeth. While at the park, in his favorite spot, guess who he sees? Yes, Ms. Kirby and she’s reading a book with the ducks nearby. Robert doesn’t know what to say at first but by the time they both go home that day, they both have smiles on their faces. The transformation that afternoon from the enormous green teacher with the sharp teeth to what meets him at the door on Monday morning is substantial but when Bobby throws another airplane, you just never know how the book will end. Geared for lower elementary children, I think they will like the lesson the book has to offer. I liked the story and it was cute the progression the teacher made over the pages. I wasn’t too keen on the facial expressions on the teacher when Bobby and her first saw each other, when Bobby was nervous about seeing her there. I thought she could have looked more inviting instead of terrifying. I thought if she looked that scary, why did he even come close? The illustrations were bright and the font was creative and the uses of the text bubbles were excellent.
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! *NOTE* I bought my own copy of this book at the National Book Festival