When A Monster Is Born

When A Monster Is Born

Book - 2011
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Explores the options available to a monster from the time it is born, such as becoming the scary monster under someone's bed or playing on the school basketball team.
Publisher: New York : Square Fish/Roaring Brook Press, 2011, c2006
Edition: 1st Square Fish ed
ISBN: 9780312553487
Branch Call Number: E TAY
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,26 cm
Additional Contributors: Sharratt, Nick

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mmcbeth29
May 24, 2015

SUMMARY: "When a monster is born, there are two possibilities..." This story moves through a monster's life from birth to growing up. With each stage, the author presents two possibilities the monster could take and follows one of the two choices.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations appear toe mixed media. The pictures are large, very colorful and at times quite silly.

THE GOOD: This story is quite clever. The monster always has two choices to make. The author shows how the choice the monster makes works out even when it is not always what we could consider the best choice. The author based this story on a poem he heard in Brazil called "When a Baby is Born." This book would be an amazing writing prompt for the grade 3-5 classroom. Children could write their own stories with two bends in the road.
THE NOT AS GOOD: There are several instances of the monster eating people. I would caution against reading it to sensitive children under age 5.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Grades k-2 as well as grades 3-5 as a writing prompt in the classroom

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Slys65ss
May 13, 2015

Love this book! My nieces aged 6 and 8 keep going back to this favorite over and over again. They now love to read it to me!

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kvalade
Nov 04, 2014

Absolutely delightful book. My 3.5 yr old, 5.5 yr old and I all love this book.

JewelMcLatchy Jan 25, 2013

Who knew monsters had so many options available?!

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GGirl
Jun 15, 2009

My 7 yr. old enjoyed reading this book. When a monster is born it gives the reader two possibilities of what can happen. Entertaining.

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