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The Monstrous Me collection are split perspective books looking at situations from other points of view, helping children develop a sense of balance, roundedness and wellbeing. Readers can literally and figuratively, turn the story on its head, and look at the very same situations from different angles. In this second book, ‘My Daddy is a Monster’ a curious little boy is convinced his dad is a monster. But, is he really? When we look through his dad’s eyes, we see a very different story.
This is an absolutely adorable addition to any children’s or classroom bookshelf and is a genius idea for introducing different perspectives and other people’s points of view with youngsters.
A split book that has one story on one side and when flipped, reveals a different story. My Daddy is a Monster tells of a series of daily, common events from a child’s point of view showing the father as the monster (bad guy) in the situations. My kids are Monsters tells the same story but from the poor dad’s point of view and his feelings. I also love the added bonus of the monstrometer to find on each page too.
Such a great book to explore the emotions of others and to support early development of perspectives. The use of very familiar everyday situations really brings an element of relatability to the events and will generate some excellent discussion and thinking.
The illustrations really bring the story to live and scaffold younger children’s understanding of feelings and thoughts from the characters. They are bright and I love the exaggerated facial expressions. The monsters are cute and still look friendly.
As a teacher I would use it to explore perspectives with younger children but for older ones, as a way in to writing stories from a different perspective and looking at how their behaviour may seem to others. So many opportunities for learning.
Children will delight in sharing and discussing this book and I think it’s an absolutely amazing idea.
Author Bio – Natalie Reeves Billing
Natalie Reeves Billing is a Liverpool lass with a dark sense of humour, which often spills onto the page. She loves to write spooky, fantastical stories for young audiences, and dabbles in poetry, contemporary fiction.
Natalie spent most of her early career in the music industry as a performer and professional songwriter. This lead, almost inevitably, to storytelling.
Natalie is an Arvon Foundation friend and is a student of the Golden Egg Academy. She is mentored under the Lloyds Bank SSE program, with her Bubs Literacy project. She is published in several anthologies with her poetry and flash fiction, including the Writing on the Wall, Read Now, Write Now, and is involved in several collaborations with fellow writers across poetry, song, and scriptwriting.
Her new book, My Mummy is a Monster (part of the Monstrous Me collection) will be available in March 2020 and Carry Love in June 2020
Connect with Natalie on Twitter @BillingReeves.