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My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)by Peter Brown
Bobby's teacher is a monster! I mean, just look at her! So, what happens when he finds her in his favorite spot in the park? Keep your eye on Peter Brown's hilarious and subtly morphing illustrations in this lovely book about friendship and the way we see each other.
Synopses & Reviews
A young boy named Bobby has the worst teacher. She's loud, she yells, and if you throw paper airplanes, she won't allow you to enjoy recess. She is a monster! Luckily, Bobby can go to his favorite spot in the park on weekends to play. Until one day... he finds his teacher there! Over the course of one day, Bobby learns that monsters are not always what they seem.
Each page is filled with "monstrous" details that will have kids reading the story again and again. Peter Brown takes a universal and timeless theme, and adds his own humorous spin to create another winner of a picture book.
"Context is key in this revelatory tale from Brown (Mr. Tiger Goes Wild), dedicated 'to misunderstood teachers and their misunderstood students.' Bobby and his teacher are at odds, and it's easy to see why: 'Ms. Kirby stomped. Ms. Kirby roared.' Ms. Kirby — who disapproves of Bobby's paper airplanes in class — looks like a furious komodo dragon, with her brown-speckled green skin, toothy underbite, and pointy claws. One Saturday at the park, the two accidentally meet. When a gusty wind nearly tosses Ms. Kirby's hat in a lake, Bobby saves the day, and Ms. Kirby rejoices. As they awkwardly chat, Ms. Kirby's fearsome features gradually transition from reptilian to human. Bobby relaxes too, and the thing that tore them asunder — the paper airplane — proves perfectly appropriate for fun at the park. 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. Ages 4 8. Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"This playful, eye-catching story goes a long way to humanize both teachers and students." Booklist
About the Author
Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children's books, including Children Make Terrible Pets and The Curious Garden. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots!, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award, and a Children's Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year. Peter's website is www.peterbrownstudio.com.
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