Clever and Fun for Everyone

Summary:

Yeah! Summer is over and it's time to get ready for school. The monsters are excited and filling their backpacks with supplies. Blue has his supplies, but he's not that excited. He's nervous and even after he gets there isn't really sure he likes it. Then he meets his teachers and does lots of interesting things. At the end of his first day, he is as excited as his friends.


Parent Perspective:
It is hard to find a place to start with how much I love this book. Young readers will relate to Blue's feelings, but what adds to this is that his FRIENDS (not the reader's parents!) acknowledge those feelings and offer encouragement. The colorful illustrations also add to that positive vibe.

The careful pairing of items and words (school checklist, crayons) add shelf-life to the story so that Kindergarten and First Grade students can use it as an easy reader. Last but not least, there are the inset tunes/poems, alliteration, and clever names for the teachers. Kids will LOVE being able to figure them out.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Adorable monsters, bright colors, and riddle-ish names will have preschoolers not only asking to re-read this but spending time looking at it themselves.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
Colorful monsters introduce events and activities at school while also validating a child's nervous feelings.
Educational Themes:

This is a picture book that has lots of uses. It is great for new readers because items are paired with a picture and the word. Point these things out or let your child take the lead in reading the "CHECK" item and then finding it on the preivous page. Take advantage of the checklist and work with your child to create your own.

How does your child explore this book? See where they focus their attention. Is it the activities? Is it the feelings? Use those reactions as your cue to talk about school.

 

Reading Level:
2.3
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy if you're planning to read with a 3-year-old or have a very nervous child. It will come in handy. Otherwise definitely borrow.
book cover

Title Monsters Love School
Author Mike Austin
Publisher Harper, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2014
Illustrators Mike Austin
ISBN 9780062286185
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.99
Genres School, Animal Fantasy
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