Monsters have cast a certain magic over our classroom lately.
We’ve been reading about monsters.
Talking monster characteristics.
Talking about monsters living with us. Because . . . hey, what if?
Stories to come. We are writing.
It all started with this book:
And then, we looked at a few more monster titles. Some monster images. Thank you Elise Gravel for some wonderful monster inspiration on your website! We made a gigantic chart about all of the monster features we noticed like: fangs, claws, blueberry bodies (you know squishy and round), humongous heads, extra eyes (and other body parts), horns and other strange features.
We drew monster designs.
By the next week, we were ready to pick a particular monster and “grow him/her” into our monster piece.
Add some paint and some creative energy from your peers, and my, oh my, what happens . . .
Some monsters are born!
Boo! Are you scared? Just a bit? We won’t tell!
Now that you are in the monster mood, you might want a book selection, or two to explore. Here are 18 of my favourite monsterish creature titles:
Monsters? Creatures? Is there a difference? I’m sure if we asked some of these characters, they would have an opinion.
Picture books that feature monsters and other strange creatures:
Crankenstein written by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Dan Santant
Love Monster by Rachel Bright
My Teacher is a Monster (No I am Not) by Peter Brown
Prickles vs. The Dust Bunnies (A Balloon Toons comic) by Daniel Cleary
The Gruffalo written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Raising Your Own Pet Monster by Elise Gravel
Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke
Wilfred written and illustrated by Ryan Higgins
The Monstore by Tara Lazar
Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty
The Monsters’ Monster by Patrick McDonnell
The Tale of Jack Frost by David Melling
The Book that Eats People is written by John Perry and illustrated by Mark Fearing.
Plantpet by Elise Primavera
Big Bad Bubble written by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
Don’t Play with Your Food by Bob Shea
Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie by Joel Stewart
Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Happy Picture Book Month!