Is your May weather as moody as ours is? One day we are outside enjoying the full beauty of Spring, and the very next day we are hunkered down listening to the storms from the safety of our inner most rooms. It is days like that when we are very thankful for our recent trip to the library. I love libraries for so many reasons, but one of the most obvious is the chance to discover new books for FREE! This week we found a book called “Have You Seen My Monster?”
It was written by Steve Light, and while the story-line is incredibly basic, we are talking a few words per page, this book has two elements that make it extra fun. There is the basic “find” aspect on each page, as the children get to hunt for not-so-hidden monster, and there is a new and exciting intro into the world of geometry. This book goes well beyond the basic square, circle, triangle shapes that picture books commonly offer children, by simply naming and coloring shapes like “curvlinear triangles” and “nonagons” on otherwise black and white illustrations. I think it is this distinction that blends the book across the age groups, making it appropriate for preschoolers and also interesting for the 1st-3rd grade readers who are still mastering geometry terms.
- Age appropriate words and tone -Yes
- Age appropriate messaging – Yes
- Engaging illustrations – Yes
- Inspire growth, imagination, or thought- Yes
- Sustainable interest over multiple reads- Maybe
- I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5!
You’ve read the book, now what?
Shape your Monster (then hide and seek it!)
Give your kiddos the opportunity to practice their fine motor skills by cutting out shapes that you’ve pre-drawn for them on a variety of colored paper. Let them clue them together to create a monster from their own imagination. Meanwhile, make one of your own so that when they are finished with their creations, you can hide your monster and you can spend the next 30 minutes (or…hours!) playing “Have you seen my monster?”