Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Less Than A Week Till Halloween: 5 Monster Books To Help Set The Mood
Well since my post yesterday on monsters, I've got monsters on my mind! Here's a short list of some cute and 'friendly' monster books.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
There's a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer
This is another book that brings me right back to elementary school and has also withstood the test of time (I just saw it on display in Barnes & Noble and it was first published in the 60s). It is the tale of a little boy who is afraid of a nightmare (or monster) who lives in his closet. It turns out, though, that this nightmare is a big wimp! It's not a lengthy book, so I think a younger or older toddler would enjoy it. If your child is anything like baby bookworm, he will thoroughly enjoy seeing this wimpy monster shed a tear or two instead of the other way around.
Five Ugly Monsters by Tedd Arnold
This book is similar to five little monkeys jumping on the bed, but only with monsters. It's a fun version of the well-known song and book that nearly any toddler would love. Work it into a theme on monsters, or into a math lesson - either way, I promise you will end up having a good time.
The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone and illustrated by Michael Smollin
Our old pal Grover from Sesame Street is the lead character in this funny story. What I like about this book is that it builds anticipation in the reader - you want to turn the pages of the story even though Grover is begging you (the reader) NOT to because there is a monster at the end of the book (and he is afraid of monsters)! I won't spoil the ending, although I'm sure you can imagine where it might lead. It's a really fun book for us because we can act completely silly - I have the most fun exclaiming "YOU TURNED ANOTHER PAGE!" and baby bookworm thinks it's hysterical.
5) Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
A book about a monster who appears and disappears as you turn the pages. A good lesson for baby bookworms on parts of the face and colors! If you are interested in a craft idea for this book, check out my post from yesterday.