|Read, study, and share 14 picture books in 14 days|
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Welcome to DAY 10. Today's lesson is on...
|Mostly Monsterly |
by Tammi Sauer
Author: Tammi Sauer
Illustrator: Scott Magoon
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Word Count: 348
Top 10 Element: #8, Patterns
On the outside, Bernadette is a lot like the other monsters in her class, but when she shows that she can be sweet, her classmates reject her until she finds a way to fit in again.Opening Spread:
This book utilizes the patterns of THREES to structure the story.
- She lurched.
- She growled.
- She caused mayhem of all kinds.
"Sometimes when she was all by herself..."
- she liked to pick flowers.
- And pet kittens.
- And bake.
When it was time to go to school, she was nervous.
- everyone lurched, except Bernadette (she wanted to hug)
- everyone growled, except Bernadette (she wanted to sing)
- everyone caused mayhem and destroyed buildings, except Bernadette (she built a "tinker toys" I Love You monster)
When she noticed she needed help, she pulled out her secret weapon, TREATS! The other monsters asked,
- Bug parts?
- Fried snail goo?
- Fish heads dipped in hot sauce?!
But the other monsters did not like her cupcakes with sprinkles, so they ran off to recess and acted like monsters.
- They stomped.
- They slobbered.
- They scared the leaves off the trees.
Then she got an idea...and made everyone a card.
Even the artist worked in threes. On one spread, it shows this card in the center and one on either side of it, with no other text.
And the ending?
Everyone DID finally give her a group hug. Most of the time, Bernadette did lurch and growl and cause mayhem. But sometimes...
She was just Bernadette. And that was okay too. (shows her watering a flower)
If one of your manuscripts isn't quite gelling, try using the pattern of threes, and see if it helps the story come alive or feel more structured. Grrrrr....
Keep on keepin' on...
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