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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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Dandelion’s Dream

“Dandelion’s Dream”

In this wordless picture book, a dandelion bud blooms into a lion and goes on a grand adventure before going to seed. 

Without roots to keep him grounded, Dandelion hops a train, rides on a sheep, and sails on a boat to travel to the city. Amidst the city bustle, Lion goes unnoticed. When he sees a movie, he figures out how to fly home. 

Read the book to discover the heartfelt ending, a subtle message of the circle of life. 

Yoko Tanaka’s charcoal illustrations pop with vibrant yellow to illuminate Dandelion’s warm character. 

This book promotes creative components of imagination, nature, and wonder.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because readers can engage their imaginations to develop their storytelling skills while gaining a hint at the cycle of life.

TITLE: Dandelion’s Dream

AUTHOR: Yoko Tanaka


PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2020


TOPIC(S): wordless, adventure

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder


1) Make a wish on a dandelion.

2) Research the life cycle of a dandelion. Draw out each life stage.

3) Did you know that dandelions are one of the first plants to bloom in the spring? They are early bloomers because their nectar supplies vital food to the queen bee who is emerging from hibernation. Name an additional three ways that dandelions are an important part of the ecosystem. 


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Nancy Knows

“Nancy Knows”

Nancy knows she has forgotten something important. When she tries to remember, she thinks of all different kinds of things. 

Things with wheels.


Things in rows.

Sometimes her nose can do the remembering. Sometimes her ears do the remembering.

Finally tired of trying to remember, she stops thinking. Then she remembers! Read this book to find out what Nancy remembers.

This book promotes creative components of imagination, flexible thinking, and different perspectives.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the illustrations force the reader to pause and think and then assimilate common objects in an uncommon way.

TITLE: Nancy Knows

AUTHOR: Cybèle Young


PUBLISHER: Tundra Books, 2014


TOPIC(S): elephants, categories, remembering, friendship

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, different perspectives, flexible thinking


1) Draw an outline of an elephant. Draw things that you remember from days ago.

2) Find objects from around your home. Categorize the items any which way that makes sense to you. Draw an outline of your favorite animal. What do any of these items have in common with your animal? Arrange the items inside the outline of your animal.


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