Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Yuck! That's Not a Monster!

Yuck! That's Not a Monster!
written by Angela McAllister; illustrated by Alison Edgson
(Good Books) 2010
Source: Mebane Public Library

Mr. and Mrs. Monster are taking good care of their three eggs. They provide hot, stinky breath to keep the eggs warm and screech to keep them company. When the first two eggs hatch, the wretched couple welcome their two little miserable children, Frightful and Horrid. When the third egg hatches, a big surprise awaits. A soft pink monster with a sweet disposition is greeted by cries of "Let's squash him!". The rest of the monster family has no clue as to what to do with the aptly named Little Shock. Frightful and Horrid only play with him because their parents make them. While Frightful and Horrid are truly monstrous, Little Shock is kind and loving. It is only when faced with a scary dilemma that Frightful and Horrid learn to appreciate their very different little brother.

Yuck! That's Not a Monster! was a popular read aloud in my class. We've been working on becoming thinkers while we read, and this book offers plenty of opportunities to ask questions, make connections, and contrast characters. The "fish out of water" humor entertained my kindergartners and the colorful illustrations kept them engaged. Students will notice a resemblance to the movie Monsters, Inc. Yuck! was a delight to read and share with my students.

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