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My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) Hardcover – July 1, 2014
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*Starred Review* Bobby’s teacher, Ms. Kirby, is a roaring, teeth-gnashing, galumphing giant green monster. Really! (And it has nothing to do with her reaction to that paper airplane Bobby threw.) When Bobby goes to the park to blow off some steam, something terrible happens: he runs into his ghastly teacher. Ms. Kirby isn’t happy to see Bobby, either, but after some awkwardness, they start a friendly—if formal—conversation. When a sudden gust of wind blows Ms. Kirby’s favorite hat away, Bobby’s the one who catches it before it flies into the pond. Soon Ms. Kirby and Bobby are showing each other their favorite places in the park, and all the while, Ms. Kirby looks less like a grumpy monster and more like a friendly young teacher in a big hat. Brown (Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, 2013) shapes his cartoony characters with blocky patches of bright colors, and at the heart of the awkward-pause-filled humor are Bobby and Ms. Kirby’s marvelous facial expressions: Bobby, with an impressive cowlick, has a constant look of shocked disbelief, while Ms. Kirby wears a deadpan grimace of resignation. That is, until they each learn there’s more to the other than just a misbehaving student or grouchy teacher. This playful, eye-catching story goes a long way to humanize both teachers and students. Ed: kill the period after Not in the imprint title. Preschool-Grade 2. --Sarah Hunter
*"This playful, eye-catching story goes a long way to humanize both teachers and students."―Booklist, starred review
*"Brown, imagining Ms. Kirby from a child's perspective, handles her transformation smoothly, prompting readers to revisit earlier pages. Comic traces of monstrosity linger in Ms Kirby (she still goes green at classroom clowning) yet Brown makes it clear that teachers are people too-even the "mean" ones."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Here's hoping readers who are similarly challenged in the behavior department will get both messages: Teachers are people, and they give back what they get."―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "The clever, texturized illustrations, concise text, comical storyline, and sweet sentiment make this a near-perfect storytime choice for young children."―Library Media Connection, starred review
"[A] story that students and teachers will enjoy equally."―The Horn Book
"Bobby's rascally charm will win the hearts of readers."―School Library Journal
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Pros: Get this book into your classroom for the first week of school! You will want to read it to kids who will undoubtedly find it hilarious, plus you can have a lot of fun reading the part of the monster/teacher. It’s a great reminder for kids that teachers ARE really just human beings, evidence to the contrary notwithstanding. This book has the makings of a great readers’ theater script for older kids.
Cons: Bobby’s teacher, even in her transformed human state, looks like some teachers I had who appeared ancient back in 1973.
Geared for lower elementary children, I think they will like the lesson the book has to offer. I liked the story and it was cute the progression the teacher made over the pages. I wasn’t too keen on the facial expressions on the teacher when Bobby and her first saw each other, when Bobby was nervous about seeing her there. I thought she could have looked more inviting instead of terrifying. I thought if she looked that scary, why did he even come close? The illustrations were bright and the font was creative and the uses of the text bubbles were excellent.
*NOTE* I bought my own copy of this book at the National Book Festival
Delightful story and wonderful illustrations by Peter Brown, He is one of our favorites for writing and illustrating children's stories, it is a gift that he has in spades and I will buy any new book of his to add to our library.
at my school said. Now I want to read more books by Peter Brown.
The idea that a student may have the responsibility, or the power, to 'get to know' an adult a little bit is quite subtle and does not come off as a moral to the tale. However, my grandkids related effortlessly to the idea that once you know someone just a little bit, they are demystified.