Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Leonardo the Terrible Monster (Mo Willems)
I'm a big Mo Willems fan. I was so happy to stumble across this one. This reminded me of the book from when I was little about there being a monster at the end of the book and it ended up being Grover, from Sesame Street.
This is a good story for teaching empathy. Sometimes we think we know why people react, and sometimes we're dead wrong.
Now, in my classroom, we talk a lot about scaring the tuna salad out of someone. :)
Leonardo is truly a terrible monster-terrible at being a monster that is. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to frighten anyone. Determined to succeed, Leonardo sets himself to training and research. Finally, he finds a nervous little boy, and scares the tuna salad out of him! But scaring people isn't quite as satisfying as he thought it would be. Leonardo realizes that he might be a terrible, awful monster-but he could be a really good friend.