My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)
My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)

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Annotation: Young Bobby thinks his strict teacher, Mrs. Kirby, is a monster, but he discovers another side to her when they unexpectedly spend a day together in the park.
Catalog Number: #93147
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-07029-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-84968-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-07029-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-84968-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2013016664
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
Bobby and his teacher (shown with monstrously green skin and sharp teeth) clash in class, but when they meet unexpectedly at the park, they begin to see each other differently--and Ms. Kirby looks decreasingly monstrous. Brown uses a cartoon-type format with panels and speech bubbles, and mixed media illustrations, in a story that students and teachers will enjoy equally.
Publishers Weekly
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)

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2&12; With his signature retro-inspired, mixed-media illustrations, Brown's latest picture book explores a new facet of themes he's touched upon before: identity, perception, and acceptance. Bobby is a likable, if ever-so-slightly naughty, everykid. His big problem is Ms. Kirby, a giant reptilian creature with a mean overbite and a tendency to stomp and roar. She also happens to be Bobby's teacher. A carefree Saturday in the park is nearly ruined when Bobby runs into Ms. Kirby. Brown astutely captures that awkward moment when students encounter a teacher outside the context of the classroom. In a spread featuring Bobby on one end of a park bench and the hulking Ms. Kirby on the other, the gutter separates the two characters, emphasizing their physical and emotional distance. Over the course of the day, Bobby and his teacher learn that they share some interests. As the story progresses, Ms. Kirby incrementally loses her green hue, her massive snout, and her oversize limbs, slowly transforming into a regular human teacher. Besides the sweet message, the strength in this school story is the humor of Bobby's deadpan stare. Looking directly out from the pages with his wide eyes, Alfalfa-esque hairdo, and jug-handle ears, Bobby will win the hearts of readers with his rascally charm, if not the no-nonsense Ms. Kirby.&12; Kiera Parrott , School Library Journal
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*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 formal nversation. 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.
Word Count: 342
Reading Level: 1.7
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 167313 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.1 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q64150
Lexile: 460L
Guided Reading Level: J
Fountas & Pinnell: J

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.


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