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If Monet Painted A Monster

“If Monet Painted A Monster”

Artists paint monsters in many different ways, but what would the monster look like if a master artist painted it? In this book, readers will follow the mouse-artist to discover various famous artworks that now have monsters incorporated into them utilizing the famous artists’ unique painting styles.

In the back of the book learn more about the sixteen represented artists and their artwork. 

This book can also be used with art lessons.

This book promotes creative components of imagination, uniqueness, and creative expression.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it shows rather than tells the story of George through word painting and illustrations. 

TITLE: If Monet Painted A Monster

AUTHOR: Amy Newbold


PUBLISHER: Tilbury House Publishers, 2019


TOPIC(S): monsters, art history, painters

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, uniqueness, creative expression


1) Design a monster. Next pick a famous work of art. Then recreate that art piece using your monster.

2) Of the artworks shown in this book, which one are you most drawn to? Research that artist’s style. Paint a picture using that artist’s particular art style. 

3) Often times monsters are depicted as scary. Create a “nice” monster. What superpower does your monster have? How will your monster help others or the world?

4) Pick two artworks from the book. Compare and contrast the different artistic styles. Try your hand at painting or drawing in those artists’ styles.


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The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling

“The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling”

Captain Alfred sails home with new ducks for his farm and a special gift for his wife, a duck egg nestled in his fiddle case, when an unexpected storm overturns his boat.

In the deep fog, the little duckling Alfred hatches alone. 

When Alfred discovers Captain Alfred’s fiddle floating near him, he embraces it with all his heart, and it unexpectedly makes a beautiful sound. 

Alfred and the fiddle land on shore where they encounter a beast, who dances to their music. The beast is a dog who belongs to Captain Alfred’s wife. 

Alfred plays and plays. Who do you think hears his beautiful music?

You must read this book to find out.

This book promotes creative components of being original, unique, and passionate.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because author-illustrator Timothy Basil Ering’s creative storytelling intricately weaves unusual characters, an unexpected setting, and a heartfelt plot.

TITLE: The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling

AUTHOR: Timothy Basil Ering

ILLUSTRATOR: Timothy Basil Ering

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2017


TOPIC(S): love, embracing one’s true passion

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: being original, unique, and passionate


1) Imagine you have a special egg. Draw a picture of your egg as it hatches? What might hatch from your egg? What special talent does your hatchling have?

2) Make a list of twenty nouns (people, places, things). Write each noun on a slip of paper. Fold the papers and put in a bag. Shake the bag. Pull out five pieces of paper. Create a story that involves all five items.


To learn more about author-illustrator Timothy Basil Ering, visit:

I Am Human

“I Am Human: A Book of Empathy”

What does it mean to be human? Find out in this original book with delightful illustrations.

Intro: “I was born. A miracle! One of billions but unique!”

Find one’s way on life’s journey by being curious and playful, dreaming, and making discoveries. 

Being human also means not being perfect.

But being human means making choices.

The back of the book includes a loving-kindness meditation.

This book promotes creative components of uniqueness, interconnectedness, and mindfulness.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it shows the best parts of being human as well as the not so good parts. It shows how we can make choices, particularly when we make a mistake because we are only human.

TITLE: I Am Human: A Book of Empathy

AUTHOR: Susan Verde

ILLUSTRATOR: Peter H. Reynolds

PUBLISHER: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2018


TOPIC(S): compassion, social-emotional, self-awareness

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: uniqueness, interconnectedness, mindfulness


1) In what ways do you express compassion for others? 

2) Perform a random act of kindness.

3) Tell someone how much you appreciate them and/or apologize for a hurt you did. 

4) In what ways are you a unique human?


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