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Beware the Monster!

Beware the Monster!”

InBeware the Monster!, written by Michaël Escoffier, a ravenous monster is on the prowl, eating everything in his path – apples, trees, and yes, even cows.

His great big appetite is not satisfied. Who will be next?

Readers beware!

This story promotes creative components of imagination, perspective,  and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of the clever twist ending.

TITLE: Beware the Monster!

AUTHOR: Michaël Escoffier

ILLUSTRATOR: Amandine Piu

PUBLISHER: Annick Press, 2018

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): monster, scared, perception

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, humor, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What are some things that scare you? How might you use humor to be less afraid?

2) Create your own monster that looks frightful. Now change your monster from frightful to silly. You could add silly elements to your sketch like polka-dotted antennae, striped teeth, etc.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Michaël Escoffier, visit:

https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/author/4180/Michael-Escoffier.html

To learn more about illustrator Amandine Piu, visit:

https://www.piupiu.fr/portfolio/index.php#album=11&photo=434

Please note this website is in French. Google Translator can be used.

The Patchwork Bike

The Patchwork Bike” 

In the book, The Patchwork Bike, siblings make their own fun by building a bike from scratch.

Using a hodgepodge of scavenged items, they assemble their bike and ride it through their village and their mud-for-walls home.

Lyrical language and powerful illustrations create an evocative story.

This story promotes creative components of diversity, resourceful, imagination, and inventiveness.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because the marriage of text and perfectly evoke the joy of riding a bike and capturing readers’ imagination. The title immediately piqued my curiosity, and I wondered how could a bike be patchwork. I enjoyed the author’s lyrical language such as shicketty shake and winketty wonk.

TITLE: The Patchwork Bike

AUTHOR: Maxine Beneba Clarke

ILLUSTRATOR: Van Thanh Rudd

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2018

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): recycled materials, culture, siblings, bike riding

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: diversity, resourceful, imagination, inventiveness

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Hodgepodge, a synonym for patchwork, is defined as being composed of parts of different kinds. Basically, it is an assortment of different things that do not originally go together but are assembled together to create a final product. What can you make? Gather different items. Take apart the larger items (with permission) into smaller parts. Looking at these various parts, what can you make to create a hodgepodge machine? What is the function(s) of your machine? Build your machine. Name your machine.

2) Design a bike that reflects your personality. Conduct research on different types of bicycles. Remember to look at past bikes, recent bikes, and even bikes of the future to inspire your design.

3) Illustrator Van Thanh Rudd painted on recycled cardboard for the book’s illustrations. Try your hand at painting on cardboard. How is it different from painting on paper? Why do you think the illustrator used cardboard?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Maxine Beneba Clarke, visit:

https://www.hachette.com.au/maxine-beneba-clarke/

To learn more about illustrator Van Thanh Rudd, visit:

https://www.van-t-rudd.net/illustration.html

If You Were The Moon

If You Were The Moon”

 What would you do if you were the moon? In Laura Purdie Salas’ creative and lyrical nonfiction book, If You Were The Moon, readers discover the roles the moon plays.

“Be a bright alarm clock to wake the night.”

Sidebars explain facts about the moon.

This story promotes creative components of flexible thinking, analogy, and nature.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because young readers can easily relate to the moon analogies while learning science facts about the moon.

TITLE: If You Were The Moon

AUTHOR: Laura Purdie Salas

ILLUSTRATOR: Jamie Kim

PUBLISHER: Millbrook Press, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): functions of the moon

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, analogy, nature

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Author Laura Purdie Salas wrote about the functions of the moon and how that might look to us. Find out some facts about the sun. Imagine you are the sun. What jobs would you do?

2) 

Using your creativity, think up two or more additional analogies that could be added to this book about the moon. For example, the author, Laura Purdie Salas, wrote the moon spins like a twilight ballerina. What else could the moon spin like?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Laura Purdie Salas, visit:

http://laurasalas.com/how-laura-became-a-writer/

To learn more about illustrator Jamie Kim, visit:

https://www.jaimekim.com/about